NYC Pays $7M in Sean Bell Shooting Lawsuit

'No amount of money can make up for the pain,' says fiancé

By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 28, 2010 11:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – New York City has agreed to dole out more than $7 million in damages to settle a lawsuit from the family and friends of Sean Bell, the unarmed black man gunned down by police officers right before his wedding in 2006. Of that, $3.25 million will go to the children Bell had with fiancé Nicole Paultre Bell, and the rest will be split between two friends of his who were injured in the shooting, the New York Times reports

Paultre Bell emerged from court saying the settlement was a hollow victory. “No amount of money can provide closure, no amount of money can make up for the pain,” she said. “We’ll just try to learn how to live with it and move on.” She herself won’t get any money, since she never was able to marry Sean—she simply changed her name after his death.

Protestors of the Sean Bell verdict gather on 125th street in New York in this Wednesday, May 7, 2008 file photo.
Protestors of the Sean Bell verdict gather on 125th street in New York in this Wednesday, May 7, 2008 file photo.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Protesters confront police in riot gear as they react to the verdict in the Sean Bell case outside the 103rd Precinct in the neighborhood of Jamaica in this April 25, 2008 file photo.
Protesters confront police in riot gear as they react to the verdict in the Sean Bell case outside the 103rd Precinct in the neighborhood of Jamaica in this April 25, 2008 file photo.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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I don’t think a black or Hispanic man’s life means much in this city. - Joseph Guzman, a friend of Bell's injured in the incident, who will receive $3 million

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