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    Angels or not... this is madness..

    ..... from a gun-happy country......

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    Mayor 'disturbed' by NY shooting


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    <div ="cap">Mr Bloomberg said he would make information public as he got it</div>

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    New York's mayor said he is "deeply disturbed" by the shooting of an
    unarmed black man by police but said he would support the city's police


    After talks with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Michael
    Bloomberg pledged a thorough investigation, saying it was unacceptable
    that 50 shots were fired.

    Sean Bell, 23, was killed on Saturday when officers opened fire as he left a strip club on the eve of his wedding.

    It is alleged police began firing after his car hit an unmarked police vehicle.
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    Two of Mr Bell's friends, who were travelling in the car, were also injured.

    Joseph Guzman was hit by at least 11 bullets and is in a
    critical condition. Trent Benefield was hit three times and is in a
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    No weapons were found on the three men or in their car, nor have any charges been made.

    Five officers have been placed on administrative duties
    during an inquiry into the shooting outside the Kalua Club, at the end
    of Mr Bell's stag night celebrations.

    'Fill in the blanks'

    Following the talks with the city's police chief and
    community leaders, Mr Bloomberg said: "I can tell you that it is to me
    unacceptable or inexplicable how you can have 50-odd shots fired, but
    that is up to the investigation to find out what really happened."

    Mr Bloomberg said he was not going to speculate or "fill in the blanks" but would make information public as soon as he had it.

    Reverend Al Sharpton, a prominent civil rights activist, called it a "very candid, a very blunt meeting".

    He said the message to the mayor was: "This city must show moral outrage that 50 shots were fired on three unarmed men."

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    <div ="mva"><div ="bull">Timothy Thomas, 2001: Unarmed black teenager shot by white officer in Cincinnati while fleeing. Death sparked days of rioting in city</div>

    <div ="bull">Patrick Dorismond, 2000: Unarmed black man killed in bungled drugs sting in New York, in a death which drew protests</div>

    <div ="bull">Amadou Diallo, 1999: West African immigrant killed when white police mistook his wallet for gun. Four officers acquitted; family given $3m</div>

    He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.


    Insane alright have been reading about this. Here's a quote from the Irish Examiners report[img]smileys/shock.gif[/img]

    "Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, defended the officers’ actions and said police were responding to the threat of the car.

    “The amount of shots fired does not spell out excessive to me,” he said."
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