NEW YORK --
The Reverend Al Sharpton is planning a rally today to keep up the pressure on three New York City police officers acquitted in the 50-shot killing of an unarmed man. Tears of joy and outrage followed the announcement of the verdict outside a courthouse Friday. The judge, who heard the case without a jury, cited inconsistent testimony and questionable credibility of witnesses in delivering the decision.
The officers gunned down 23-year-old Sean Bell outside a Queens strip club hours before his planned wedding.
Bell was black, as were two of the officers. But the case has stoked long-standing allegations of racism and excessive use of force on the part of New York City's police.
The Justice Department is still considering whether to bring a federal case against the officers and a civil lawsuit still looms.
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