Sean Bell killed by the police,
50 shots fired !
Anger At Death
New York's mayor and police
commissioner are set to meet community leaders after a groom
was shot dead by officers just hours before his wedding.
There have been angry demonstrations
following the stag night killing on Saturday in which two friends
of the victim were also injured by gunfire.
The unarmed trio were leaving
a strip club in their car when officers, who thought one of the
men had a gun, shot 50 rounds at the vehicle.
Father-of-two Sean Bell, 23, was killed, while Joseph Guzman,
31, is in a critical condition in hospital after being shot at
least 11 times.
Trent Benefield, 23, who was
hit three times, is stable following the incident outside Kalua
Cabaret, in the Queens borough of the city.
Shooting sparked protests
Police opened fire after the
vehicle struck an undercover officer and hit an unmarked police
Black activists have condemned as "outrageous" the actions
of the five officers involved and an investigation has been launched.
Outside the hospital where the two are being treated, there was
a rally and vigil, with some demonstrators calling for police
commissioner Raymond Kelly to quit.
He is due to have talks with
mayor Michael Bloomberg and leaders of the black community in
the wake of the shooting.
Civil rights activist Rev. Al
Sharpton said: "We cannot allow this to continue to happen.
We've got to understand that all of us were in that car."
Mr Kelly said the incident stemmed from an undercover operation
inside the club, which had a "chronic history" of drugs,
prostitution and weapons complaints.