The city of New York has agreed to award family and friends of Sean Bell $7 million for the fatal shooting of the unarmed Black man on his wedding day.
The settlement filed Tuesday will pay $3.25 million to the estate of Sean Bell and $3 million to Joseph Guzman and $900,000 to Trent Benefield, two of Bell’s friends that were with him injured in the shooting.
The lawsuit filed by Bell’s fiancé Nicole Paultre-Bell accused the city of wrongful death, negligence, assault and civil rights violations.
The city’s attorney Michael A. Cardozo released a statement on the case saying,
“We hope that all parties can find some measure of closure by this settlement.”
Nicole Paultre-Bell also spoke on the settlement and says no amount of money can reverse the pain.
“No amount of money can provide closure, no amount of money can make up for the pain. We’ll just try to learn how to live with it and move on.”
Three police officers were acquitted of multiple charges including manslaughter in 2008 for the 2006 shooting of Bell, as he left his bachelor party on his wedding day.
Officers fired 50 shots into Bell’s vehicle outside of a NYC gentleman’s club, one even stopping to reload before firing 31 shots into the unarmed Black man’s car.
As previously reported Officer Michael Carey filed a countersuit against the Bell estate claiming that he “suffered severe leg injuries” after an intoxicated Bell struck him with his car during the melee.