The New York Police Department has formally charged seven officers with breaking Police Department rules in connection with the November, 2006 of killing Sean Bell. Last month, three detectives were cleared of manslaughter and other charges in a criminal trial.
The unarmed twenty-three-year-old Bell died in a hail of fifty police bullets on the morning of what would have been his wedding day in November 2006.
The officers are accused of violating several police regulations, including improperly firing their guns and failing to process the crime scene. Three of the officers were acquitted in a criminal trial last month. If the administrative charges are upheld, the officers could face penalties ranging from loss of pay to retraining to firing. Federal prosecutors continue to weigh bringing civil rights charges over Bell’s shooting. (source)