2010-07-02 / Top Stories

Cop In Bell Shooting Sues For Back Injury

By Howard Schwach

Police Officer Michael Carey in a recent photo. Police Officer Michael Carey in a recent photo. A New York City police officer involved in the wedding-day shooting of Rockaway resident Sean Bell is suing the slain man’s estate.

Officer Michael Carey says Bell hit him in the leg with a car while Bell was driving drunk outside a Queens strip club, before he and four other officers fired their weapons and killed Bell.

“[Officer Carey] suffered serious leg injury when [Bell] crashed into the vehicle he was riding in before officer Carey ever drew his gun and fired a shot,” according to Carey’s attorney, Richard Signorelli.

Bell, 23, was unarmed when he was killed on his wedding day. He and a group of friends were leaving his bachelor party at a Jamaica, Queens, strip club on November 25, 2006, when undercover cops fired more than 50 bullets at the men, wounding two and killing Bell.

At the time, the undercover police officers said that they believed that Bell and his friends had at least one weapon in their possession as they left the club in the early hours of the morning, with Bell driving.

Records show that Bell drove the car into a police vehicle while trying to leave the scene.

The police officers were acquitted of any criminal wrongdoing in a bench trial in state court in 2008. Earlier this year, the federal case against the officers was dropped as well, when prosecutors said they had “insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges.”

But Bell’s fiancée, Nicole Paultre Bell, has filed a civil suit for wrongful death against the officers. She wants them off the police force. According to the New York Post,

Carey’s suit also charges that Bell was not wearing his contacts or glasses when he was driving that night, but needed them to see well.

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Turnabout is fair play.



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