On Monday, I attended a public Hearing held in lower Manhattan convened in the wake of the Sean Bell verdict, to address ways to increase police accountability. I wrote about what went on at the hearing for the Huffington Post.
Here are a few pictures (since I wasn’t allowed to take any at trial):
Representative John Conyers from Michigan who chairs the House Judiciary Committee and who called the Hearing. He’s in the middle. Rep. Jerrold Nadler from NY is to his right.
Rep. Charles Rangel from NY (Nadler is to his left).
Nicole Paultre Bell (Sean Bell’s fiance) addressing the committee and the crowd.
Joseph Guzman, Sean Bell’s friend who the shooting officers wrongly thought had a gun and who was shot 19 times, sustaining permanent nerve damage, testifying briefly as well.
Al Sharpton (resting his chin in his hand) is preparing to testify, while listening to Hazel Dukes, president of the NAACP, sitting next to him, as she speaks.
There was a pretty good turnout.
My favorite witness was Kamau Karl Franklin, a race justice fellow at the prestigious Center For Constitutional Rights here in NY. He had some very intriguing ideas for new legislation, which I wrote about here.