Why The 50-Shot Cops Walked

Judge finds three detectives not guilty in Sean Bell shooting

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Why The 50-Shot Cops Walked

APRIL 25--Here's the text of today's verdict acquitting three New York Police Department detectives in the November 2006 shooting death of Sean Bell, who was cut down in a hail of 50 bullets outside a Queens strip club.

In finding Michael Oliver, Marc Cooper, and Gescard Isnora not guilty, State Supreme Court Judge Arthur J. Cooperman said that the testimony of several key prosecution witnesses 'just didn't make sense.' Cooperman noted that a combination of problems with witness accounts resulted in 'eviscerating the credibility of those prosecution witnesses.'

The text of Cooperman's statement, which the jurist read this morning to a packed courtroom, was released by his office. (4 pages)