NYPD officers cleared in Sean Bell shooting

(04/25/08) KEW GARDENS - Three NYPD detectives have been acquitted of all counts in the 50-shot killing of an unarmed man on his wedding day. Michael Oliver, Gescard Isnora and Marc Cooper were cleared in the 2006 slaying of Sean Bell. Isnora and Oliver faced the most serious charge of manslaughter. Shouts of "No!" and "Not guilty!" erupted in the crowd outside the courthouse as word of the verdict began to spread. Some people by the barricades appeared to weep on each other's shoulders. Justice Arthur Cooperman delivered the verdict in a Queens courtroom packed with spectators, including the victim's fiancee and parents. The ruling brings an end to a nearly two-month trial. Bell was killed outside a strip club in Queens on Nov. 25, 2006 - his wedding day - as he was leaving his bachelor party with two friends.

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