Angry New Yorkers gathered with Al Sharpton to protest the the acquittals of three police detectives who killed 23-year-old Sean Bell outside a Queens strip club.
The protesters chanted “kill the cops” while they marched through Harlem.
Two of the three acquitted cops were black.
People protest against the three detectives who were found not guilty in the Sean Bell trial outside Rev. Al Sharpton’s radio studio in New York City, April 25, 2008. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott)
Al Sharpton led protesters in Harlem today and promised to shut down New York City over the acquittal of three police officers.
The AP reported:
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Hundreds of angry people marched through Harlem on Saturday after the Rev. Al Sharpton promised to “close this city down” to protest the acquittals of three police detectives in the 50-shot barrage that killed a groom on his wedding day and wounded two friends.
“We strategically know how to stop the city so people stand still and realize that you do not have the right to shoot down unarmed, innocent civilians,” Sharpton told an overflow crowd of several hundred people at his National Action Network office in the historically black Manhattan neighborhood. “This city is going to deal with the blood of Sean Bell.”
Sharpton was joined by the family of 23-year-old Sean Bell — a black man — and a friend of Bell who was wounded in the 2006 shooting outside a Queens strip club. Two of the three officers charged were also black.
The rally at Sharpton’s office was followed by a 20-block march down Malcolm X Boulevard and then across 125th Street, Harlem’s main business thoroughfare, where some bystanders yelled out “Kill the police!”
Fifty of the marchers carried white placards bearing big black numbers for each of the police bullets fired at Bell and his friends.
Sharpton urged people to return for a meeting this coming week “to plan the day that we will close this city down” with the kind of “massive civil disobedience” once led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The protesters brought their KKK sign to the event.
Again… Two of the three cops acquitted were black.
People protest against the three detectives who were found not guilty in the Sean Bell trial outside Rev. Al Sharpton’s radio studio in New York City, April 25, 2008. Bell was shot, along with two friends, after a bachelor party at a strip club in November 2006. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott)
Michelle Malkin wants to know when the media will disavow this agent of hate?