May 5, 2008

Show Solidarity for Sean Bell and Family

Please keep in mind the wishes of the family and Rev. Sharpton if attending events in the name of Sean Bell. Please remember to keep his spirit separated from the racist, horrific murdering monsters who have power now, but if we stay righteous and in solidarity, will be brought down by justice of the people, by the people and for the people.
Sharpton Announces Plans For Bell Verdict Protests

The Reverend Al Sharpton and supporters of police shooting victim Sean Bell said Saturday that they plan to carry out acts of civil disobedience this Wednesday to protest the acquittals of the three detectives charged in Bell's death.
Sharpton says protestors will gather at six locations for a citywide pray-in.
He was joined for the announcement Saturday at the National Action Network by Bell's fiancée Nicole Paultre-Bell and Bell's friend Trent Benefield who was shot and wounded the same night Bell was killed. The group joined in prayer for those willing to get arrested in the name of protest.
The goal of the protests is to tie up traffic and force police to make arrests. Sharpton says the protests will continue on a weekly basis, leading up to what he hopes will be a citywide shutdown.
"If you're not going to lock up the guilty in this town, then I guess you're going to have to lock up the innocent. Since you won't lock up the cops, then lock up those that are fighting for justice," said Sharpton.
"On Wednesday I will be there, and everyone who is willing to support us, please come out and we're going to do this peacefully, like we always have," said Paultre-Bell.
"I am willing to make a sacrifice," said New York NAACP president Hazel Dukes. "I'm tired of being sick and tired."
Sharpton says the fight for justice is far from over.
"What some in the press are trying to do is bury the story and act like it's over," said Sharpton. "It ain't over because we cannot live with a verdict that says police are justified with no crime, no probably cause, shooting three unarmed innocent men and walking away like our lives don't mean anything."
Bell was shot on November 25, 2006 by undercover police detectives who opened fire on him and his two friends after they say they heard one of them mention a gun. The three detectives were acquitted on all charges on April 25th.
The locations for Wednesday's gatherings are as follows:
Third Avenue at 125th Street;
Park Avenue at 34th Street;
Third Avenue at 60th Street;
Varick and Houston Streets;
One Police Plaza;
415 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.
"There will be small groups in each place and they will meet there at the same time and at the same time we are going to have a city-wide pray-in," said Sharpton. "Where we going those that know won't say and those that say don't know." [my bold]
Protestors held a rally outside the 103rd Precinct in Queens Friday, where the three acquitted detectives worked.
"The cops have to realize that they can't just go around shooting people and asking questions afterwards," said one protester. "They have to realize that we are human beings and they have to treat us like human beings."
"We're out here today because a week ago today, a judge let go the police who murdered Sean Bell in cold blood," added another. "They sent a message last Friday that the lives of black and brown youth in this country are worth nothing, and we're out here today to say that we're drawing the line."
There was a heavy police presence at the rally, including officers from the anti-riot unit, but no arrests were made.
In an exclusive interview Friday, Bell’s parents described the moments after they found out their son had been killed.
Speaking with NY1’s Dominic Carter on Friday's edition of Inside City Hall, Valerie and William Bell said they found their son handcuffed on a gurney in Jamaica Hospital after he died. [my bold but more important, is the NYPD afraid of ghosts? If so, may those cops be haunted until they pay for their crime]
They also said they never received any official information in the hours after the shooting.
Valerie Bell: Police officers didn't call me, the hospital didn't call me. My son's sister-in-law called me.
Carter: And when you folks arrived at the hospital, what happened?
Valerie Bell: They told us what happened, and I just can't believe that they wouldn't let us see him.
William Bell: For six hours we had to wait.
Valerie Bell: A doctor did not come to me, I just heard all the news from friends and family in the room we were waiting in.
Bell's father described seeing his son's body.
William Bell: To be handcuffed, here's a dead body handcuffed on the gurney.
Carter: He was still handcuffed when you -
William Bell: Yes he was, handcuffed on the gurney.
Carter: Deceased at the time?
William Bell: Yes, deceased at the time, exactly, exactly. I felt his body and I felt his hands and I felt the chains on his hands.
Bell's mother went on to say she accepts the apology of Detective Michael Cooper, who did so publicly after he was acquitted.
Bell's father said it's too late for an apology.
Here’s a slightly more sober presentation of the press conference from The Associated Press:
Sharpton announces 'pray-in' to protest NYPD killing
Sean and his beautiful daughter, Jada
By VERENA DOBNIK – 2 days ago
NEW YORK (AP) — Demonstrators plan to pray on their knees and be arrested for civil disobedience to protest the acquittals of three police officers in the death of an unarmed man shot on his wedding day, the Rev. Al Sharpton said Saturday.
The civil rights activist, who has promised to "close this city down" to protest last month's verdict, said protesters would stage a "pray-in" Wednesday at half a dozen places in the city, including the police headquarters.
[...] Sharpton said participants would gather at 3 p.m. in at least six places around the city and then fan out to undisclosed locations.
"Where we go from there is anybody's guess," Rachel Noerdlinger, Sharpton's spokeswoman, said later, adding that wherever protesters end up, "they'll be arrested praying."
The "pray-in" is only the start of whatever actions are necessary to oppose the verdict.
"It's going to be a long struggle, but the race isn't given to the swift or the strong, but to those who endure," Sharpton said.


Anonymous said...

Yes there needs to be justice, but Hazel Dukes -- a convicted criminal -- has no credibility. See

Anonymous said...

Here's the link

fromwembley said...

Ya'll still whining about Sean Bell? Really pathetic.

Go ahead and protest. Have a sit-in or pray-in or carry some signs that say "revolution." You blacks aren't going to change anything until you change dat man in da mirror.

We are not all Sean Bell you know. No, we don't all threaten to kill policemen then get into our ride and try to run the police over. That's what separates us - and even most of you blacks - from Sean Bell.

In the meantime all ya'll can just cry me a river.