Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Last November, Sean Bell was gunned down by the NYPD on his stag night after a traffic incident involving one of their vehicles. Today, three of the officers involved in his killing were charged - two with manslaughter and one with assault. Trials for police killings tend to go badly in the US, but its at least a start. Meanwhile, New Yorkers ought to be asking their politicians why this sort of thing is allowed to keep happening - and why a domestic law enforcement agency with the duty of protecting people is displaying the same trigger-happy behaviour as US forces in Iraq, and using massive lethal force at the slightest suggestion of a threat.