G-Unit’s Tony Yayo has shared his reaction to the recent New York ruling that will pay over $7 million to the family and associates of Sean Bell after the innocent an was fatally shot by police in 2006.
Yayo believes Bell’s fiancee, Nicole Paultre Bell, deserves every last cent of the payout.
“I think it’s a beautiful thing, but rest in peace to Sean Bell,” Yayo said. “I mean, you have times now when a police officer can shoot you in your back, handcuffed on the floor, in a train station in front of everybody and get two years,” Yayo said, referring to the Oscar Grant shooting in Oakland, California, in which found a transit officer was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter last month. “So Sean Bell’s people deserve that money, definitely, and blessings to them.” (MTV)
Details of the settlement hit the Internet Tuesday (July 27) evening.
The decision by the city came after two days of intense negotiations in Federal District Court in Brooklyn. Mr. Bell’s estate would receive $3.25 million, and two friends of Mr. Bell’s who were injured in the episode would also receive payments: Joseph Guzman would get $3 million, and Trent Benefield $900,000. The case set off an emotional debate over the use of deadly force by the police and prompted the city to change some of its policing procedures. (New York Times)
A statement regarding the matter was also released.
“The Sean Bell shooting highlighted the complexities our dedicated officers must face each day. The City regrets the loss of life in this tragic case, and we share our deepest condolences with the Bell family,” Corporation Counsel Michael A. Cardozo said in a statement after the deal was announced. (Wall Street Journal)
In 2008, a New York ruling acquitted some of the officers involved.
Detectives Michael Oliver, Marc Cooper and Gescard Isnora were all acquitted at trial 2008 of criminal charges stemming from the Bell shooting. The cops fired on Bell’s lurching car after mistakenly believing someone inside had a gun and that Bell was trying to run them down. The NYPD still has not decided whether to discipline a total of five officers involved in the shooting. (New York Daily News)
Check out Game speaking on Sean Bell’s passing down below: