25 April 2008

KingCast says of course the NYC Police were acquitted in the killing of Sean Bell because police almost never do any wrong in America.

Here is the BBC coverage.

UPDATE: "I could have been Sean Bell." Exactly. And any one of us could have been Brian Noakes in Corvallis, Liko Kenney in Franconia or Michael Isreal in Hamilton, Ohio. Sometimes we extract some measure of Justice by working together. Just real people trying to get to and fro.

Let's get real: First, Police have the toughest job in the World. As a former AAG and even as a private practice attorney involved in litigation for them and against them, no one is going to tell me otherwise.

Let's keep it real: Sometimes they make mistakes, and when they do, the government, from the top down (it was a bench trial of course) almost always protects them, coddles them unless the conduct is sooooo extreme as to shock the conscience. Think of the rape and sodomy of Abner Louima, with a side of Perjury to boot.
After the verdict a spokesman for a police union, Patrick J Lynch, told reporters it proved that police officers could expect "fairness" when in court.
He said that Bell's death had been a "tragedy", but said that for police officers out on the streets there "is never a script - they deal with circumstances as they come" and sometimes made mistakes.

KingCast says 50 rounds ain't no mistake. They were shooting to kill. And as I recall from reading early accounts of this tragedy they were plainclothes officers trash talking Bell and his friends and when they opened fire Bell having only a vehicle to defend himself with, tried to ram a car and do whatever he could to stay alive. Mr Bell was no troublemaker, he was a hard-working father and lover.

Here is a comment from Sean Bell's father, William Bell., and here is a solid comment from someone who is probably an LE in that story:
All police officers are trained before being issued a gun. No where does the training call for an officer to empty and reload his side arm without first assessing the situation before continuing to fire. These guys followed and attempted to execute the occupants of that car. No backup was called prior to the shooting. Why couldnt they box in the car and wait for backup? They deserve to hang. No ones life is worth more than another. No special treatment for cops.

As far as it not being a race issue…i think no one knows what its like to be black or hispanic in this city unless they are black or hispanic. Racial profiling is real. Whites dont believe it because they are not the victims of it.


Similarly, a rogue cop like Franconia, New Hampshire's Bruce McKay "made mistakes" forever and got away with bloody murder, look at his legacy, and the NH Goverment, led by Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, is there to try (and thankfully fail) to name a road after him. Then they cover for a dangerous instrumentality named Gregory W. Floyd, whom I believe murdered Liko Kenney after Kenney, forcibly backed into a corner with a 3-ton Tahoe and a can of mace -- all against Police procedure -- shot McKay. Then Floyd goes home with Liko's Kenney's live round in his pocket and the AG tells us they have no fingerprint analysis that could tell us whether Floyd actually was the one who loaded that clip in Liko's gun.

Thankfully we have won the right to inspect the original dash cam video to see if that provides us any more information in this tragedy and we will be going that just as Liko would have turned 25 years of age.


Christopher King said...

My comment to the NYTimes City Room

Join the discussion at Steve Huff's True Crime Weblog today, 25 April 2008. As a former AAG and private practice attorney I try to put this case in perspective with other things I have seen in my career and what I come up with is that the system protects the police in almost every wrong decision they make. The system will hide things in their personnel files from public view that would have the public clamoring for their badges.

And in this case the system will ignore the fact that the police pretty much started an altercation, took the most aggressive policy they could take, and killed -- murdered a fine young man.


Christopher King's 1st Amendment Page.
Steve Huff's True Crime Weblog.

Anonymous said...

"No ones life is worth more than another. No special treatment for cops."

i remember. the bachelor party, the 50 rounds, and the protest on the streets for this young man, his bride-to-be and their child. the elder bell is correct in his statement.

Christopher King said...


Some police are indeed dangerous instrumentalities:


"My husband was a police officer and his friends at the Attorney General's office suggested I write a complaint."

"I recommended he be sent to a certified psychologist for cognitive testing for communication and control issues... this could cause serious problems for officer McKay or Franconia."

"I said that ambiguity in policy and procedures makes Bruce McKay a dangerous person."

Anonymous said...


great article.

Christopher King said...

Yah I'm going to read that tonight when things wind down.

Here is the link to your story.

I hear the DA refused to work with the prosecutor.

Not good.

Sucks out loud, in fact.

Don't forget the U.S. Veteran's poignant comments about Franconia.

Anonymous said...

Sickening - shooting into a car (like Floyd) - unarmed men. I think it is important to distinguish between detectives and police. Yes, there is a lot of overlapping, but there are some important distinctions. There is an air about the plainclothed with gun and badge, the unmarked car. These unaccountable chameleons are free to have no mercy. I think they were behind Liko Kenney's murder. McKay aspired to this lowest level of LE.

Christopher King said...


Yes Bruce McKay pandered to the lowest element, which apparently included one Kelly Ayotte.

Assy McGee/McKay all the way.

I'm about to watch that again, I love the voices:

"Now don't do anything stupid assy......."

Back to Big Al from Carlito's Way:

"You ain't a lawyer no more Kelly. You a gangster. You on the Other Side now. It's a whole new ball game. And you can't learn it at school and you can't have a late start....."

kane said...

Good to see you staying up on things and fighting the good fight. This whole Sean Bell thing is sickening from start to finish. What is interesting is that there was a very similar case in Rhode Island with a white corrections officer who did exactly the same things as Sean Bell (except he was actually breaking the law by scoring some coke in Providence). Anyway, no shots fired and the matter was resolved peacefully.

It will be interesting to see how much the city will give the Bell family (as if money were a good substitute for justice), having already set the precedent with Diallo, Dorismond, Zongo, Stansbury (the list goes on and on). I feel for the Bell family and hope that they can find solace somewhere, because the justice system certainly is not going to give it to them.

Christopher King said...


Yah man great to hear from you too. Gotta' Stay Up!

Meanwhile, nothing new on Daniel Talbot and the other officers or their blood toxicology from the night he was shot and killed out behind the
Revere High School bleachers at 1:30 a.m. after a day of range practice and drinking at Margarita's.

Note: Columbian Cokane and I have been paralleling the Liko Kenney and Talbot officer killings because they're both FOS, basically.

No offense to Officer Talbot because unlike the death of Bruce McKay, we have no idea or video about what really happened that night.

Nor does the government really want us to know.

kane said...

Something interesting did happen with Sergeant Evan Franklin, the ranking officer on the scene. His actions in their entirety (at least as the DA's office paints them) have come out and they are not too pretty.

When the shots rang out that killed Talbot, he ran from the scene, flagged an on-duty Revere cop to drive him home and never reported the incident. When asked about his presence at the scene and what went down by State Police investigators, he lied. Makes one think, What does Sergeant Franklin have to hide?

Christopher King said...

kane OMG I friggin' called it:


"KingCast Revere Mass interlude from Franconia: What was Sergeant Ervin Franklin doing at the scene when Daniel Talbot was shot and killed?"

And it mentioned you back on 11 December 2007.

Watch for a brand-new post tonight or tomorrow on that.

Namaste my brother.

Mingus rules.