The family of Sean Bell, the New York man killed in a barrage of police bullets in 2006, is pushing to get the Queens street where he died named after him, reports the New York Daily News.
Relatives met with the local Community Board 12 about renaming the street in Jamaica, Queens after Bell, and they sent out flyers urging people to come out to the board meeting where the issue was to be discussed. However, a representative for the board called Bell’s family days before the meeting was to take place and informed them that the topic wasn’t on the calendar, reports the paper.
“We’re going to be there regardless. We’re not there to bring confusion. We have to be there to let the people coming know what happened,” Bell’s mother, Valerie, told the paper. The matter was not on the calendar due to missing paperwork, said the board’s District Manager Yvonne Reddick, although she didn’t provide many more details.
“This is something we’re not going to discuss in the paper,” Reddick said. “I’m not going to have people start pointing fingers.”
The Bell case received nationwide attention and outrage from Black leaders because he and his friends, who were also injured in the shooting, were unarmed when they were attacked, leading some to believe the police used excessive force.
After a nonjury trial, the officers were all acquitted of manslaughter.
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