This case has been a terrible tragedy for the Bell Family and no amount of money will cure the pain they have endured the past few years. With that said the city coughed up the money which they should have for the murderous and callous actions of these police officers.
via Daily News
The city agreed Tuesday to pay more than $7 million to settle a wrongful death civil suit lodged by the fianceé and pals of Sean Bell, an unarmed man gunned down by cops on his wedding day, sources said.
The settlement, approved by a Brooklyn federal magistrate, ends a four-year legal battle by tragic would-be bride Nicole Paultre Bell and two men wounded in a 50-shot barrage that claimed her lover’s life.
Under the agreement, the city will pay Paultre Bell, the mother of Sean Bell’s two children, $3.25 million, according to a source familiar with the settlement.
Bell’s pals Joseph Guzman, 35, will receive $3 million and Trent Benefield, 27, will be granted $900,000.
Guzman and Benefield were both wounded in the hail of police gunfire outside the Club Kalua strip club in Queens on Nov. 25, 2006, just hours before Bell was to get married.
Detectives Michael Oliver, Marc Cooper and Gescard Isnora were all acquitted at trial 2008 of criminal charges stemming from the Bell shooting.
The cops fired on Bell’s lurching car after mistakenly believing someone inside had a gun and that Bell was trying to run them down.