New York City is preparing for civil unrest after the impending grand jury decision in the Sean Bell police shooting case, reports the New York Daily News. Bell, an unarmed black man, was shot and killed by police late last year on the eve of his wedding. A grand jury is deciding whether to charge any of the undercover officers involved.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said there would be hundreds of officers on standby beginning today. Police officials acknowledged that the Queens courthouse where the grand jury is meeting would be monitored for civil unrest. About 1,700 officers in the organized crime control bureau and the warrant division will work earlier shifts beginning today, many of them starting at 6 a.m.