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Sean Bell shooting incident

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Verdict in Sean Bell Shooting | The New York Times

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Who Was Sean Bell? Four Forgotten Facts About the Police Shooting Victim

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Lawyers for NYPD officers say 3 were indicted for the Sean Bell shooting and two were spared charges

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Protest after NY police officers charged in Sean Bell shooting death

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Sean Bell's father struggles to understand son's death 10 years later

Sean Bell was shot in the New York City borough of Queens, New York, United States, on November 25, 2006. Three men were shot a total of 50 times by a team of both plainclothes and undercover NYPD officers. Sean Bell was killed on the morning before his wedding, and two of his friends, Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman, were severely wounded. The incident sparked fierce criticism of the police from members of the public and drew comparisons to the 1999 killing of Amadou Diallo. Three of the five detectives involved in the shooting went to trial on charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter, first- and second-degree assault, and second-degree reckless endangerment; they were found not guilty.
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    • Background 

    • Shooting incident 

    • Response to the shooting 

    • Investigation and case 

    • After acquittal 

    • Tributes