Sharpton Wants Street Renamed for Sean Bell

Published December 21, 2009

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who spearheaded the campaign to bring New York City Police to justice for shooting to death 23-year-old Sean Bell on the eve of his wedding, wants the city to rename a Queens street after the slain groom.

"This has something to do with our community embracing and using as example a young man that was on his way to doing what was right and his community rallied around him. That's what streets are named for," said Sharpton during a meeting in Harlem Saturday.

The head of the National Action Network, joined by City Comptroller-elect John Liu, is urging the City Council to follow the lead of the City Council Committee on Parks and Recreation, which voted in support of a proposal to rename a stretch of Jamaica on Liverpool Street.

Bell and two friends were gunned down by police during a confrontation with undercover officers outside a Queens’ strip club in November 2006. Three officers were acquitted in the case.

While several groups say that renaming the street would send a positive message throughout New York and beyond, the police detectives’ union says that such a move would be an insult to law enforcement in the city.

 

Written by <P class="ap-story-p">By BET.com Staff</P> <P class="ap-story-p"><BR>&nbsp;</P>

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