Not Guilty, Cops Walk In Sean Bell Killing

The three New York City police officers who fatally shot 23-year-old Sean Bell on his wedding day with 50 bullets, were cleared of all charges today in Queens Supreme Court. According to the New York Daily News, detectives Michael Olivier and Gescard Isnora were acquitted of first-degree and second-degree manslaughter charges, felony assault and reckless endangerment and Marc Cooper was cleared of reckless endangerment charge today by Judge Arthur Cooperman.

The decision sparked tears in the courtroom and rage on the streets.

"The defendants are not guilty of all charges," declared Justice Cooperman. "The burden was on the people to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Each defendant was assumed to be innocent."

Nicole Paultre, the woman who was to marry Mr. Bell the day he was killed, ran out of the courtroom in tears as Cooperman read his verdict.

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, assembled hundreds of extra cops in Jamaica, Queens, just in case there was trouble after the verdict." Some people were disappointed with the verdict and we understand that," Kelly said. "We don't anticipate violence but we are prepared for any contingencies."

Oliver, who fired 31 times and decorated undercover Detective Isnora, who fired 11 bullets, faced up to 25 years in prison for their charges and Cooper, who fired four shots, faced up to a year.

All three officers remain on modified duty and have surrendered their guns.