Thursday, December 21, 2006

Cop shooting protestors march on Wall Street

by Justin Rocket Silverman
Hundreds of peaceful protestors jammed the Financial District Thursday, calling for a criminal indictment of the police officers who fired 50 shots at Sean Bell and his two friends. "If we don't get an indictment, there is going to be an explosion," said City Councilman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn) about community outrage. "There are some people in our community who don't want to march anymore. I don't have any control over them, and you don't have any control over them either." Protestors were confronted by hundreds of uniformed and undercover cops, who set up barricades and blocked access to the stock exchange, but otherwise did not interfere with the march or make any arrests. The police did not flinch as marchers chanted, "Who's the number one enemy? The NYPD!" and carried signs calling for a war on the NYPD. "Business cannot go on as usual," Barron called from the plaza at Liberty and Nassau streets. "Unless we can get this city to fear [the black community] politically, fear us economically or fear us physically, they are no going to stop." The noontime protest coincided with the lunch break of countless downtown office workers, many of whom went out of their way to avoid the crowd. "Definitely protest for what you believe in, I have no problem with that," said Tammy Bush, 38, an employee at General Electric. "But I don't know about doing it near Wall Street. I don't really see the connection." Thursday's protest was the latest in a series of rallies prompted by the shooting death of unarmed Sean Bell, 23, in Queens on his wedding day. Protestors have taken to calling Bell's killing an "execution." "It could be my son or my brother who is shot by the police next," said Cynthia Brunson. "Nothing has changed since Amadou Diallo, and we're tired of it. Enough is enough." Video

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