Bell supporters tie up traffic

May 7, 2008 at 11:54 PM
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NEW YORK, May 7 (UPI) -- Hundreds of people upset with the acquittal of three New York cops in the shooting death of Sean Bell created traffic havoc Wednesday in protest, police said.

The protesters blocked entrances to the Queensborough Bridge and Midtown Tunnel, and also demonstrated outside One Police Plaza and five other locations, the New York Daily News reported. Dozens of people at the bridge were taken away in handcuffs, the newspaper said.

Bell's supporters expressed their anger that the three police officers were found to have not been criminally responsible for killing the unarmed man in a barrage of shots outside a nightclub on his wedding day.

"Today we are here to be peaceful," said Hazel Dukes, president of the New York chapter of the NAACP. "Sean Bell will never be back with his wife and his two children, so there will never be justice for Sean Bell. We don't want there to ever be another Sean Bell."

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