Officers Won't Face Charges in Harlem Block Party Shooting

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    A grand jury has decided that four police officers should not be charged with any crimes in a deadly shooting during a Harlem block party last summer.

    Two people familiar with the probe tell The Associated Press that the Manhattan grand jury declined to indict any of the officers who fired a total of 46 bullets in the Aug. 8 incident.

    The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the secrecy of the proceedings.

    Harlem Block Party Turns Deadly

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    Seven people were shot -- one fatally -- when gunfire erupted last night in Harlem. Two officers were among those wounded.

    Manhattan prosecutors didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Earlier this week, the only man arrested in connection with the shooting was cleared of any criminal charges.

    Manhattan prosecutors announced Wednesday that a grand jury voted to dismiss all charges against Angel Alvarez in the Aug. 8 incident.

    He was freed after being held since August on a weapon-possession charge.

    It wasn't immediately clear whether anyone else might be charged. Prosecutors declined to comment.

    The melee erupted at around 3 a.m. on Aug. 8, 2010 during a block party in Harlem. Alvarez, 24, got into a fight with Luis Soto and wrestled a gun away from him.  Police responded to the fight and a hail of bullets rang out.  Soto, the man Alvarez was fighting, was killed. 

    Prosecutors said Soto was killed by police bullets but officers argued Alvarez was also firing a gun. Alvarez miraculously survived a hail of police gunfire. Three bystanders and two police officers were wounded as police fired 46 bullets.

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