On November 25, 2006, just hours before 23-year-old Sean Bellâ€™s wedding, undercover police officers fired 50 shots into the would-be groom in the wee hours of the morning. Bell was leaving his bachelor party, which took place at a Club Kalua, a Queens, New York strip club that was under police surveillance.
When leaving Club Kalua, Bell and his friends got into their silver Nissan Altima and turned a corner away from the club where they wereâ€œstruck by a black unmarked police minivan bearing several plainclothes officers.â€ In an effort to back up and go the other direction, Bell hit the sidewalk, almost running over one of the undercover officers. Moments later, police responded by letting nearly 50 rounds of bullets rip into Bellâ€™s Altima. The groom-to-be â€œwas shot in the neck, shoulder and right arm, and was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.â€
Initially charged with manslaughter, Detectives Isnora, Cooper and Oliver were acquitted of all charges in May 2008. Droves of people blocked bridge and tunnel entrances in an effort to shut down the city. Many held signs that read, â€œWe are Sean Bell. This Whole Damn System is Guilty.â€ And with Reverend Al Sharpton as their leader, the public flocked to 1 Police Plaza â€œand five other key locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn to protest the acquittal of three cops who killed Bell in a 50-bullet barrage on his wedding day.â€