One Year After Acquittal in Sean Bell Shooting, Lives Remain in Limbo

A year ago Saturday, a judge acquitted three New York City detectives in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell. Yet those on all sides of the case, which still touches off an emotional debate over the police use of deadly force, are exactly where they were last April 25: in limbo.

The officers involved in the shooting, in which 50 bullets were fired at Mr. Bell’s car after the police said he rammed into plainclothes officers, still arrive each day for “modified assignment” — the Police Department’s glorified name for desk duty — and receive a paycheck for administrative tasks. Continue reading