New York to Pay $7M in 50-Bullet Police Murder of Unarmed Groom
July 28, 2010
New York (ChattahBox) – The city of New York has reportedly settled a lawsuit for wrongful death and civil rights violations, in the police shooting of unarmed victim Sean Bell.
Bell was coming from his bachelor party with two friends the day of his wedding, when police shot him a total of 50 times, despite him being unarmed. His two friends, Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield, were wounded during the unprovoked attack.
The three officers involved were acquitted of manslaughter in 2008, but are facing charges within the police department. They are currently on modified duty, and could lose their jobs.
According to the Huffington Post, the Bell estate has received $3.25 million, while Guzman received $3 million, and Benefield $900,000.
The settlement may end this case, but the problem of police brutality is a serious one on New York City, such as in the case of a man in 2001 who was beaten and raped by officers with a broom handle.