Sunday, November 26, 2006

Police Kill Man After a Queens Bachelor Party

From the New York Times:
Hours before he was to be married, a man leaving his bachelor party at a strip club in Queens that was under police surveillance was shot and killed early yesterday in a hail of police bullets, witnesses and the police said. Two of his friends were wounded, one critically, they said.

Witnesses told of chaos, screams and a barrage of gunfire near Club Kalua at 143-08 94th Avenue in Jamaica about 4:15 a.m. after Mr. Bell and his friends walked out and got into their car. Mr. Bell drove the car half a block, turned a corner and struck a black unmarked police minivan bearing several plainclothes officers.

Mr. Bell’s car then backed up onto a sidewalk, hit a storefront’s rolled-down protective gate and nearly struck an undercover officer before shooting forward and slamming into the police van again, the police said.

In response, five police officers fired at least 50 rounds at the men’s car, a silver Nissan Altima; the bullets ripped into other cars and slammed through an apartment window near the shooting scene on Liverpool Street near 94th Avenue.

Mr. Bell — who was to have been wed at 5 p.m. yesterday to Nicole Paultre, 22, the mother of his two small daughters — was shot in the neck, shoulder and right arm and was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Wow. Kinda fucked up. On the surface some may see this as another Diallo case, but I don't see how these cops will be indicted. It looks like the groom was smashed out of his mind and unfortunately for him he hit the wrong car. Oh, and I'm sure the cops will say one or more of the guys in Bell's car had weapons and/or drugs. Yet another example of why you never, EVER let your friend drive drunk. Especially hours before his wedding.


1 comment:

Luke Cage said...

Michelle, have you ever seen the movie Stag or Very Bad Things. I was lucky enough to see this flicks before I got married and because of these 2 movies, I absolutely refused to have my boys throw me a bachelor party.

It's one thing for me to be responsible for my own actions, but when my boys get to partying, there's only one cat going to be responsible for whatever they do and don't think they wouldn't leave a brotha hanging.. even on his wedding day with the quickness.

All joking aside though, it's probably going to go down as justifiable shooting and intent to protect the officers that was in harm's way. Probably even employ the notion that he used the car as a deadly weapon and that they were in the right to fire their guns at him. Just fucked up all around though.