Al Sharpton, 7 Others Found Guilty of Disorderly Conduct in Sean Bell Protest

October 13, 2008 at 8:35 am Leave a comment

al-sharpton5.jpgThe Rev. Al Sharpton and seven others who disrupted traffic in protest over the Sean Bell verdict were found guilty of disorderly conduct Wednesday.

“I am sympathetic to the underlying issues that gave rise to the protest,” Criminal Court Judge Larry Stephen said.

But, he noted, the police warned the protesters to get on the sidewalk during the May demonstration or face arrest, and they chose to disobey the orders.

“If you decide to take a bullet for the team, you should not complain about the consequences,” Stephen said as he sentenced each protester to time served and imposed a $95 court fee.

Sharpton, pulling a $50 bill from his pocket, said his National Action Network would pay the fines “with $50 bills representing the 50 shots” fired by the cops who killed Bell and wounded two others.

Trent Benefield, Joseph Guzman and Bell’s fiancĂ©e, Nicole Paultre Bell, were present for the verdict.

Source: NY Daily News


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