Ask Not For Whom the Bell Tolls
I’ve discussed the Sean Bell case with a very close friend of mine and I agree with her on many of the points she brought up regarding the case, yet my brain returns to three points:
1. No one – outside of the law enforcement officers – overheard Sean Bell or his pals speak of a weapon.
2. Why did the plain clothes officers follow Sean Bell for more than two blocks when they allegedly overheard that he was carrying a weapon or was in the process of obtaining a weapon?
3. Why were 50 shots fired by three law enforcement officers when not ONE shot was fired by the alleged assailants?
Now, I’m not dense or blind to the fact that some in Bell’s camp have a criminal record, but this still doesn’t address the three points that cross my mind. Were Bell and his friends caught in the middle of a prostitution bust? That would be plausible, except none of the employees or dancers at the club were arrested that night. Were they drunk the night they were going to operate their vehicles to go home? This may very well be true, but I’m sure they would’ve taken a DWI charge to 50 bullets that night.
In jury trials – well, the ones I’ve witnessed – the jury is instructed to make their determinations based on the facts presented to them – not previous offenses. In this case the records of all the victims in this shooting were public and discussed widely in the media. Now, although some believe that some of these men were drug dealers, etc. it can be said that the death penalty has not been exacted for dealing drugs in this country.
I’m not siding with anyone. I do however feel that to resolve the three points that continue to cross my mind I have to be honest with myself.
Do we want to promote anarchy and vigilantism by approving the execution of individuals that may be considered criminals (or potential criminals) without a fair trail?
Keep passin’ the open windows…