A decade ago this week, Sean Bell, 23, was killed the night before his scheduled wedding in New York City by undercover police officers who fired 50 shots into the car where he sat with his friends, unarmed and helpless, reports the New York Daily News. Bell, 23, had attended a bachelor party when his car was surrounded by armed men he didn’t know.
He used the only weapon he had — his car — to bang an unmarked van and clip an undercover cop. Three officers who fired were put on trial on charges of manslaughter, assault and reckless endangerment. A judge acquitted them. Bell’s father turned 63 on Saturday. He still is horrified by the number of shots fired in his son’s case. “I don’t care, people say you have to get over something, but that you can’t get over. . . It’s too much,” he says.