Bell Fiancée Holds News Conference at City Hall

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The former fiancée of the unarmed man killed by police in a 50-bullet barrage says she expects justice to prevail for the three detectives who are charged.

Nicole Paultre Bell held a news conference at City Hall this morning with Bell's two wounded friends, his father, and the Reverend Al Sharpton.

She said she prayed the right decision is made Friday. That's when Justice Arthur Cooperman is expected to announce his verdicts. Paultre Bell and Reverend Sharpton also exchanged greetings with Mayor Bloomberg as he left City Hall for an appointment.

Mayoral aides say Bloomberg has stayed in regular contact with community leaders. The case has led to protests and questions about police tactics and firepower.

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