Cops kill Groom.


The Triumvirate
Jul 9, 2005
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Oh crap. I know this isn't the whole picture...but sounds like these cops could be in some deep crap.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police shot three young men who had just left a bachelor party at a strip club early Saturday, killing one man on the day of his wedding, according to police and witnesses. One of the survivors was in critical condition.
The shooting happened just after 4 a.m. near Club Kalua in Queens, said Officer Kathleen Price. She said there were no reports that any officers were wounded.
It was not immediately clear what sparked the shooting. As many as eight officers may have been involved, said Sgt. Mike Wysokowski, another department spokesman.
"All I know, they was celebrating," said Denise Ford, who said her son was one of the survivors. She said the man who died was the groom. "The guy was getting married today."
Relatives said the dead man was Sean Bell, 23.
Robert Porter, who identified himself as Bell's first cousin, said he was supposed to be a DJ at the wedding.
"I still don't want to believe it, a beautiful day like this, and he was going to have a beautiful wedding, he was going to live forever with his wife and children. And this happened," Porter said.
The Rev. Al Sharpton said family members told him that there were no guns in the young men's car and "there was no reason for the police to shoot."
"On the face of it, it seems to me to be certainly something that causes extreme alarm and must be thoroughly investigated," said Sharpton, who said he was called by a relative of the man who died.
Abraham Kamara, 38, who lives a few blocks from the scene of the shooting, said he was getting ready for work when he heard gunfire.
"First it was like four shots," he said. "And then it was like pop-pop-pop like 12 times."
Roy Brown, who said he works as a photographer at the club, said sirens sounded not long after the three men left the club.
"They weren't rowdy or nothing like that," said Brown, 57.
A message seeking comment was left at one phone listing for the club; another phone was not answered.
One of the wounded men was in critical condition at Mary Immaculate Hospital and the other was listed as stable.
The three men ranged in age from 23 to 31 years old.
I wonder if the cops actually had a valid reason? If they did, I imagine it would have been mentioned in the article. Looks to me they are trying to think of one.
That is very sad. Just think how many lives died then or at least changed drastically.
This is bad and almost definitely won't end well.
man just think about it. a girl on her wedding day. all excited. and you find out the man you are going to spend the rest of your life with dies. ugh and think about his family, her family! so sad.

i wish the best and hope they can recover from this.

NEW YORK (AP) -- A crowd angrily called on police Sunday to explain why authorities fatally shot a 23-year-old man on the day of his wedding, and some called for the ouster of the city's police commissioner.
At a vigil and rally, family members and friends chanted and prayed. Community leaders said they wanted to know why officers fired as many as 50 rounds at an unarmed group Saturday as they left Sean Bell's bachelor party in a car.
"We cannot allow this to continue to happen," said black community leader, the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has been speaking for Bell's family since the shooting. "We've got to understand that all of us were in that car."
The civil rights advocate led the crowd in chants of "No justice, no peace." At times some in the crowd yelled that Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly should be ousted. "Kelly must go!" people shouted. (Watch questions raised by groom's shooting )
The shootings occurred outside the Kalua Cabaret, a strip club where the bachelor party was held. The surviving victims were Joseph Guzman, 31, who was shot at least 11 times, and Trent Benefield, 23, who was hit three times. Both men are at Mary Immaculate Hospital, where Guzman was in critical condition and Benefield was stable.
Relatives of all three men -- many of them stoic, and some crying -- attended Sunday's vigil but none spoke publicly.
During a press conference Saturday, Kelly said the department was still piecing together what happened and that it was too early to say whether the shooting was justified.
The officers' shots struck the men's car 21 times after the vehicle rammed into an undercover officer and hit an unmarked NYPD minivan. The wild gunfire hit nearby homes and shattered windows at a train station, though no residents were injured.
Police thought one of the men in the car might have had a gun. But investigators found no weapons. It was unclear what prompted police to open fire, Kelly said.
Kelly said the incident stemmed from an undercover operation inside the strip club in the Jamaica section of the borough of Queens. Seven officers in plain clothes were investigating the Kalua Cabaret; five of them were involved in the shooting.
According to Kelly, the groom was involved in a verbal dispute outside the club after 4 a.m., and one of his friends made a reference to a gun.
An undercover officer walked closely behind Bell and his friends as they headed for their car. As he walked toward the front of the vehicle, they drove forward -- striking him and a nearby undercover police vehicle, Kelly said.
The officer who had followed the group on foot was apparently the first to open fire, Kelly said. That officer had served on the force for five years. One 12-year veteran fired his weapon 31 times, emptying two full magazines, Kelly said.
At some point, Bell, who was driving, backed his car up onto the sidewalk, hitting a building gate, authorities said. He then drove forward, striking the police vehicle a second time, Kelly said.
On Sunday, the group 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care said it is issuing a vote of no confidence in Kelly over the shooting.
A police spokeswoman on Sunday did not immediately comment on the group's demands.
In 1999, police killed Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant who was shot 19 times in the Bronx. The four officers in that case were acquitted of criminal charges.
And in 2003, Ousmane Zongo, 43, a native of the western African country of Burkina Faso who repaired art and musical instruments in a Manhattan warehouse, was shot to death during a police raid. Zongo was hit four times, twice in the back.

Hmmmm. an accident?
Jeez, one of them used two whole mags? I didn't picture it going down as a gigantic shooting spree but holy crap.
Master Chief said:
Jeez, one of them used two whole mags? I didn't picture it going down as a gigantic shooting spree but holy crap.

The cops were gun happy after seeing a action movie the night before, and waited for any chance to use their guns.

^ bad joke, I know.
I know not all cops are bad, but sometimes I just hate them...
When my mom told me about this I thought damn, Rodney King and Amadou Diallo all over again. Looks like I was right. The sad thing is Mayor Bloomberg Police Commisoner Kelly defending the cops. Sorry but there is no way someone was "panicked" and shot 30 something rounds...and their gun only holds 16 at a time.
Being an undercover cop is high tension work. You never know what the hell is going to go down. There were four people in the car, and they ran over one of the cops prior to the shooting being started. It seems to be a fatal accident, but just that, an accident.

Finally, I really wish Sharpton wouldn't turn this into a race thing, because its...well, not.The guy wasn't shot because he was black. He was shot because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and there was confusion. This isn't like Rodney King where he was singled out because he was black.
didnt the guy run over a cop and then rammed a police care right before they fired the shots? If thats the case why are people complaining?
So 50 rounds is justified? :huh:
It was an unmarked car.
The car mustve looked like swiss afterwards. It's unbelievable.
More cop BS..... just like that 92 year old lady killed when police (in plain clothes) stormed her house and as far as she knew, she was just defending herself.
This story pissed me off so bad. The fact that they don't even have a good explaination only makes it worse. You just cannot justify things like this. They were unnarmed. That alone made it wrong. It was an accident. The guy wasn't in uniform or anything, they were probably drunk I really hope these a**holes pay for this.
well at least he was black

I KEED I KEED it was just a little joke.
well if he ran over a cop, then tried to flee, then i can see where they're coming from..

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