NYC to Pay More Than $7M to Settle Sean Bell Wrongful Death Case
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The woman who was to marry Sean Bell before he was shot and killed by police on the morning of their wedding day is getting $3.25 million from the city to settle the family's wrongful death claim.
The unarmed Bell was killed in 2006 in a barrage of 50 bullets after he and several friends left a Queens strip club that was being monitored by undercover officers for alleged prostitution. Bell's injured friends, Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield, are getting $3 million and $900,000, respectively.
Three cops were acquitted of any criminal wrongdoing, and the U.S. Justice Department found no grounds for a civil rights claim. The NYPD has not decided whether to discipline the officers. The city's top lawyer, Michael Cardozo, said in a statement he hopes "all parties can find some measure of closure by this settlement."