Sean Bell Update

Friday, March 21, 2008

Michael Wilson, metro reporter for the New York Times, and WNYC's Arun Venugopal discuss what's happening in the ongoing Sean Bell trial.


Arun Venugopal and Michael Wilson

Comments [4]


Last week there seemed to be a big focus because the police were undercover and then they didn't identify themselves as police and just started firing?

Mar. 21 2008 11:07 AM


I would think that an undercover cop would have to identify him/herself when they are arresting someone...otherwise how does the person know they are a cop and not some random person pointing a gun at them or possibly threatening them in some way? Maybe I'm not understanding your question...

Mar. 21 2008 10:37 AM
michael winslow from INWOOD

There is no jury.

the defendants gave up their right to a jury trial because they wouldn't have received a fair trial because of the publicity.

so a judge will decide guilt or innocence

Mar. 21 2008 10:10 AM

Is there any estimate on when this trial be conclude and jury deliberations begin? Three weeks? a month?

Is it normal for an undercover officer to identify themself when they arrest someone?

I didn't understand the importance of that distinction last week. I appreciate anyone's help to clarify.

Mar. 21 2008 10:06 AM

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