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Joseph Guzman, Survivor of NYC Police Shooting of Sean Bell, Live Sunday | 02.05.2008 18:39 | Anti-racism | Repression | Social Struggles | World

Joseph Guzman, Survivor of the New York City police shooting of Sean Bell, will speak on the verdict and struggle for justice.

Joseph Guzman
Joseph Guzman

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Joseph Guzman was hit by some of the 50 shots fired by NY police that killed 23-year-old Sean Bell in November 2006 just hours before his wedding.

On the morning of April 25, a judge acquitted cops Michael Oliver, Gescar Isnora and Marc Cooper, the only three of the five New York police who murdered Sean Bell and attempted to kill his two friends Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield, that were charged. (Hear Joseph Guzman live on Uhuru Radio this Sunday at 1pm U.S. Eastern Time)

While Sean Bell, who was to be marrying his high school sweetheart that morning, died instantly from the barrage of 50 bullets, his two friends survived with near-fatal injuries. Instead, they spent the next couple weeks handcuffed to hospital beds in police custody.

The cops who murdered Sean Bell initially told a story of another passenger in Bell’s car who supposedly shot at them first. Then they changed that story and said they thought Guzman pulled a gun. Then at the trial, the story finally transformed into them defending themselves because they thought Sean Bell would run them over with his car.

Dictatorship: Rule without Regard to Law

Arthur Cooperman, the judge who acquitted the killer cops of charges of manslaughter, assault and reckless endangerment said that he had problems with the fact that some of the witnesses had been convicted or incarcerated before and with the “demeanor” that some of the witnesses had on the stand.

The reality is that the outcome of this case is consistent with what is seen throughout the United States where police murder Africans on a regular basis, and the courts consistently rule that they were justified in murdering our brothers, sisters and children.

These outcomes have nothing to do with justice. It doesn’t matter that U.S. law says that everyone is due a fair trial and are innocent until proven guilty.

The reality is that the white ruling class maintains a dictatorship in the United States. It rules without regard to law.

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