Fifth Anniversary of Sean Bell Shooting

Last month, the NYPD began a departmental trial in the shooting.

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    It's the fifth anniversary of the Sean Bell police shooting.

    Bell died on Nov. 25, 2006, in a hail of 50 bullets. He was leaving his bachelor party at a Queens strip club, just hours before he would have been married.
      
    Three detectives were acquitted.
      
    A New York Times article recalls how the incident prompted comparisons to other high-profile police shootings. It was especially likened to the 1999 Bronx shooting of African immigrant Amadou Diallo, killed amid 41 shots. 
      
    In both cases, the officers said they believed the unarmed man had a gun.
      
    The city agreed to pay more than $7 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by Bell's family and two friends.
     
    Last month, the NYPD began a departmental trial in the shooting.