Kelly: Officers Who Fired 50 Shots Broke Use Of Force Rules


Peering into a car, a New York undercover cop yelled, “Gun! Gun!” when he saw one of the passengers reaching for something in his waistband and fired the first of 50 shots that led to the death of bridegroom Sean Bell, 23, on his wedding day, reports the New York Daily News. “It’s hard for me to understand why 50-odd shots were taken,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “To me that sounds like excessive force.” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly indicated that the five cops involved in the shooting broke regulations, including those concerning the use of deadly force. Kelly said rules prohibit cops from shooting at a car, even when it’s being used as a weapon. “We stress, when officers go to the range, that they fire no more than three rounds,” he said. “And, then, they look.” Kelly concluded: “The community is outraged, and I am, to put it mildly, deeply disturbed.”

Detectives’ Endowment Association President Michael Palladino called the shooting justified because Bell was using his car as a “lethal weapon.” He continued to blame the victims yesterday. “If the driver of the vehicle had responded to the detective’s command this would not have happened,” he said. “He would be a married man today.”


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