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Amnesty Intn’l Angry At “Groom” Shooting

From an Amnesty International press release:

Mourners hold ‘Justice for Sean Bell’ signs while waiting in line at the Community Church of Christ to pay their respects to Sean Bell before his funeral service, Friday, Dec. 1, 2006 in New York. Bell, 23, was killed by members of the New York police on his wedding day outside a strip club last week.

Killing of Sean Bell Again Raises Serious Concerns over Police Tactics, Says Amnesty International

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA
PRESS RELEASE

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Killing of Sean Bell Again Raises Serious Concerns over Police Tactics, Says Amnesty International

(New York) — As Mayor Michael Bloomberg meets with community leaders in Queens today, Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA, released the following statement regarding the shooting of Sean Bell on Saturday by undercover police officers:

"Amnesty International offers its condolences to the family and friends of Sean Bell and hopes for the recovery of all persons injured in the incident.

Police violence has shown its ugly face in New York yet again. This tragedy is not an isolated incident — it is part of a pattern of questionable police tactics and abuse. The question should not be ‘is this case another Amadou Diallo?’ but ‘why is the NYPD still shooting unarmed black men?’

Whenever possible, police should use non-violent means before resorting to force and firearms. Officers should fire their weapons only when strictly unavoidable to protect human life. New York City authorities need to conduct an investigation that is thorough and fair and that will hold all parties accountable. That’s the first step in stopping police abuse."

Just in case there was still any lingering misconceptions about Amnesty International being a legitimate organization.

The question should not be ‘is this case another Amadou Diallo?’ but ‘why is the NYPD still shooting unarmed black men?

Yes, Mr. Bell was unarmed. He only was trying to kill people with a two ton automobile.

And speaking of frauds;

Congressman Charles Rangel, center, (D-NY) arrives at the funeral of Sean Bell who was shot to death by police a week ago few hours before he was supposed to get married at the Community Church of Christ in Jamaica, Queens in New York where also his funeral took place Friday, Dec. 1, 2006.

The family of Sean Bell, a 23-year-old bride-groom killed by police on his wedding day, prays with Reverend Al Sharpton (foreground C) and Reverend Jesse Jackson (C) at the site of his death in New York November 29, 2006.

It is hilarious how every one of the captions of the hundreds of wire service photos about this has to mention that Sean Bell was scheduled to be married. Yet none of the media articles mention his extensive police record.

That’s our watchdog media at work.

What would we ever do without them and Amnesty International give us the facts?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, December 2nd, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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