Friday, April 25, 2008
A Life Worth Nothing
The policemen who shot Sean Bell a total of 50 times in the early hours of the morning on what would have been his wedding day, have all been acquitted. Of all charges.
There was no jury. Reports coming out right now say that the judge told the prosecution that they didn't meet the burden of proof. And that he cited the criminal records of the witnesses, and that they weren't credible.
50 shots? 50 shots doesn't clearly indicate "reckless endangerment?" 50 shots.
They say Nicole, his common-law wife and the mother of his children, the woman he was going to marry just cried.
And I'm crying, too.
Sean Bell is gone, and nothing can bring him back and now nothing will give peace to his memory. But Nicole must go on and raise her children and live with this. For the rest of her life. Knowing that the man she loved... who stuck by her and worked and tried to be a good father and was going to marry her... in the eyes of the judge and the cops and now the rest of the world, his life was worth nothing. They thought he had a gun, no wait, they thought he was going to go get a gun... and for that he was shot at 50 times.
My tears are for Nicole. May the Higher Power give her the strength to carry on, because she must.