Reactions to the Sean Bell Verdict.

I’ts funny how quickly 50 and Cam’ron were able to make songs and videos about each other but when 3 cops get off for shooting a man 50 times, no one in NYC even has 8 bars for a mixtape about the cops that belong either dead or in jail.

Hopefully they were all out in this protest:

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Questlove from the Roots had this to say on Hip Hopdx:

My immediate response [to the verdict] was that, ‘I hope that muthafuckas are tearing the shit out New York City similar to Los Angeles [in 1992],’” said Quest.”And [when I said that] my friend laughed at me like, ‘C’mon now, you know better than that.’ I was like, ‘That’s the saddest shit I heard.

Journalist Kevin Powell blogged:

I am sick to my stomach and I really do not know what to say right this second. My cell and office phones have been blowing up all day, and people have been emailing me nonstop, to let me know that Detectives Michael Oliver, Gescard Isnora, and Marc Cooper, the three New York City police officers accused of shooting 50 times and murdering Sean Bell, were found not guilty on all acounts: Oliver, who fired 31 times and reloaded once, and Isnora, who fired 11 times, had been charged with manslaughter, felony assault and reckless endangerment. They faced up to 25 years in prison if convicted on all charges. Cooper, who fired four times, faced up to a year in jail if convicted of reckless endangerment. (continued

And here is Obama’s response on the Washington Post’s Website.

  • Ramirez

    As soon as the word “thugs” came up in the initial report it was all too clear…