NYPD Arrests Sharpton, Bell's Fiancée at Protests

Hundreds march against acquittal of officers in shooting
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 6:01 PM CDT
Shooting survivor Joseph Guzman, left, the Rev. Al Sharpton, center, and Nicole Paultre Bell, second from right, widow of Sean Bell, lead a group of protesters to the Brooklyn Bridge Wednesday.    (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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(Newser) – New York City police arrested the Rev. Al Sharpton and the fiancée and mother of Sean Bell today during protests over the April 25 acquittal of three officers who shot Bell to death in a 50-bullet barrage. Hundreds blocked traffic at the Brooklyn Bridge and other city hot spots, the New York Post reports. Dozens were arrested, including two of Bell's friends who survived the 2006 shooting.

"This is to say that enough is enough," said the leader of the city's NAACP. "We're here to continue to send the message to judges and lawyers that it's time to stop taking innocent people's lives." Sharpton wants a federal investigation into the shooting, which occurred the morning of the day Bell, unarmed at the time, was to be married.