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Protesters demonstrating against the verdict in the Sean Bell case throughout Manhattan Wednesday held up traffic in an act of civil disobedience. Hundreds protested the recent acquittal of three NYPD

News 12 Staff

May 8, 2008, 2:44 AM

Updated 5,918 days ago

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Protesters demonstrating against the verdict in the Sean Bell case throughout Manhattan Wednesday held up traffic in an act of civil disobedience.
Hundreds protested the recent acquittal of three NYPD officers in the 2006 death of groom-to-be Sean Bell outside a Queens club. The demonstrations, held simultaneously at six locations, were led by Rev. Al Sharpton and Bell?s widow.
Several protesters, including Sharpton and Bell?s fiancée, were arrested for obstructing traffic. Demonstrators held hands, standing across entrance ways to bridges and tunnels. During the early part of rush hour, traffic at the 59th Street, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Triborough bridges was stalled, making for a frustrating trip off the island for many Long Island residents. Several lanes on the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges were closed at one point.
Despite the headache for drivers, some told News 12 Long Island they understood why the protesters acted as they did.
Sharpton is seeking a federal civil rights probe into the shooting.


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