There’s some bitter-sweet news coming out of New York this evening. According to this article in the New York Times, the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell will face internal disciplinary charges.
I hate that it took this long… and am still pretty upset that they were acquitted of criminal charges, but I’m willing to take what I can get. In this case, anyway.
Among other things, the poh-lice department is alleging that these officers improperly fired their guns that night.
Really? Makes a simple chick like me wonder which part they feel was improper… opening fire on 3 unarmed men… or firing 50 rounds on 3 unarmed men…
Oh well, I’m glad something… even if it is just a li’l somethin’… is being done. Wonder if the Rev (you know, Al sharpton) had a hand in this.
When reached for comment, he rightly reminded John Q. Public that this in no way lessens the travesty of these rowdy cowboys avoiding jail time to begin with… but also conceded that these administrative charges are “a step in the right direction”.
Reluctantly, I agree.
With any luck these guys will lose their pretty badges, their livelihood, and- if they haven’t already- the respect of anyone and everyone who ever knew them.
In the absence of 15 to life behind bars, I guess this’ll do.