Sharpton Fuels War Of Words Over Efforts To Move Bell Shooting Trial
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A war of words is brewing over a request to move the Sean Bell police shooting out of Queens.
As first reported on NY1, sources say defense attorneys notified the court last week that a motion will be filed to move the case.
Speaking Saturday in Harlem, Reverend Al Sharpton said the case should be tried in Queens, and invoked another high-profile police shooting that was moved from the city.
"All of this leading up to now, the moment when they want to do the Diallo trick, now they want to change the venue,” said Sharpton. “So with a polarized and contaminated atmosphere, they go to another community, where the police won't be on trial, but the victims will be on trial."
The head of the detectives union says the accused officers have the right to a fair trial.
"It's ironic that Sharpton is complaining about this,” said Michael Palladino of the Detectives Endowment Association. “Here is a person who advocates for fairness and equality and the definition of Îdue process’ is fairness and as far as equality is concerned, cops have rights, too."
Bell was shot and killed last year in a barrage of 50 police bullets outside a Queens strip club. Two of his friends were wounded.
Detectives Mike Oliver and Gescard Isnora are charged with manslaughter and Detective Marc Cooper is charged with reckless endangerment.
Their trial is set to begin in February.