Sean Bell was the guy killed in the 50 shot barrage by five NYC police officers two years ago.">
Feb 14 2008
Nicole Bell - I Will Not Lose - Roc-A-Wear

Nicole Bell in Rocawear’s “I Will Not Lose” Campaign

While we’re on fashion, how about Jay-Z putting Nicole Bell, the wife of Sean Bell, in Roc-A-Wear’s “I Will Not Lose” campaign? Lord knows Nicole and her family will have to represent that tag to the fullest in the coming months. Sean Bell was the guy killed in the 50 shot barrage by five NYC police officers two years ago.

The case has yet to go to trial. The officer’s lawyers attempted to have the case moved to ‘friendlier’ territory; think Rodney King’s case being moved to the burbs and you have the idea.

The request was denied. Which prompted the latest news, “Detectives in Sean Bell Shooting Will Waive Jury Trial”

In any case, it’s a good look that Jay-Z is supporting Nicole Bell.

Nicole Bell and family - I Will Not Lose - Roc-A-Wear

It’s a double-up move: Jay-Z gives the public an idea of where he stands on the Sean Bell shooting and (this wasn’t a free ninety-nine job) Nicole can use the money from the campaign to support her children.

That’s a great way to give back, without the generic press conference where people smile for the cameras while struggling to hold a billboard sized check steady.

I’ll expand the top picture to end this in Nicole’s words..

Nicole Bell and family - I Will Not Lose - Roc-A-Wear


☼ What's Your Opinion? ☼

1 CHIEF 00 Fri, Feb 15, 2008 - 12:42 am

I HAVE TO SAY THAT WAS A CLASSY MOVE BY JAY-Z PUTTING HER IN THAT AD. WAY TO HELP HER FAMILY.

2 Why Fri, Feb 15, 2008 - 1:44 am

Why in this day and age do racist white cops continue to think that they can get away with this type of shit? I hope they rot in jail or get put to death. JUSTICE MUST BE SERVED!

3 protest Fri, Feb 15, 2008 - 10:24 am

lets keep protestin until justice is done

4 Steph Tue, Feb 19, 2008 - 5:00 pm

No justice, No peace

5 Cleo Wed, Feb 20, 2008 - 12:37 am

Jay Z is just that type of person. I don’t now him personally but with his persona on tv, he shows is style. I know that he is not doing it to be the MAN but to help a family out. Nicole, i am sure is very happy and appreciative of his gesture. Keep hope alive, fry them BASTARDS!!!!

6 UNknown Thu, Feb 21, 2008 - 2:30 pm

The cops should get the same justice the criminals get.  They should be let go.  They didn’t do it.  Yeah, justice, because Sean Bell was such an upstanding citizen.  Yeah right.  The only thing the cops should be guilty of is doing their jobs.  By the way, there wasn’t ony white cops involved, there was also a Black and Hispanic cop.

7 peechee Thu, Feb 21, 2008 - 2:34 pm

i like the ad especially the fact that they didnt go overboard with the make-up and try to make her look like a celebrity. Now you got the police saying that this is a publicity move. Did they forget that a father of two is dead and they have yet to claim the responsibility? the ad is inspiring and i hope it gets more attention they want us to be so concerned about crackheads in white hollywood but thats not our reality and we dont care we care about mothers struggling to get justice

8 MIKA Thu, Feb 21, 2008 - 4:26 pm

THIS AD BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES, SHE LOOKS BEAUTIFUL AND I LOVE HOW JAY-Z USES HIS CLOTHING LINE TO TELL REAL STORIES…

9 Josephine Thu, Feb 21, 2008 - 5:30 pm

I’m with you “Mika” I’m in Florida reading this and I have tears. I’m originally from NY and this happened where my family lives in South Jamacia Queens my cousin tried to make it to the protest but was on tour with the Marleys (Mr. Cheeks) hopefully he will put this picture (after I inform him) up on his myspace page. RIP Sean Bell your family is defiantely representing you with love!!!

Respectfully
Queen Josephine
LBFAM / LBMAFIA

10 Tina Fri, Feb 22, 2008 - 3:33 pm

This is so beautiful. I first saw this ad in the March Essence magazine and was happy to see Jay-Z helping this young mother and her children. She married Sean Bell posthumously and it must be very difficult trying to raise her children without their father, explain to them what happened, while to trying to make sure justice is served. I live in NY and have followed this case from the beginning. This is not really a race issue, but more of a police brutality issue - the unnecessary use of deadly physical force. Let’s remember that there was also a black and an hispanic cop involved. On March 16, 2007, three of the five police officers involved in the shooting were indicted by a grand jury. Officer Gescard Isnora (hispanic), who fired the first shot, and Officer Michael Oliver (white), who fired 31 of the 50 shots, face charges of manslaughter, reckless endangerment and assault; while Detective Marc Cooper (black) faces the lesser charge of two counts of reckless endangerment. May God continue to bless Nicole, the children and the Bell Family. Keep the faith in God and justice will prevail.

11 Anna Fri, Feb 22, 2008 - 5:08 pm

Perhaps if Mr. Bell had obeyed the instructions of the police officers he would not be dead.  As for Jay-Z and Mr. Bells “wife” way to capitalize on a tragedy. This is a ridiculous campaign and for her to have included her innocent children in this fiasco speaks even further about her character and motivation for participating in this.

12 CHIEF 00 Fri, Feb 22, 2008 - 5:51 pm

TO ANNA AND UNKNOWN, BOTH OF YOU WHITE BITCHES NEED TO SHUT THE FUCK UP. THOSE COPS ARE GUILTY BUT THE JUSTICE SYSTEM WILL FIND A WAY TO LET THEM FREE. WHITE PEOPLE NEVER OBEY THE COPS AND HOW MANY OF YOU END UP DEAD… NONE. MINORITIES NEED TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO SEE THAT THIS SHIT STOPS. SO FUCK YOU BOTH. IT ‘S FUNNY HOW WHITE PEOPLE LIKE TO BACK COPS WHEN THEY MURDER MINORITIES. WHAT DOES THAT MAKE THE 2 OF YOU??? LET ME GUESS… RACIST. GET YOUR KKK ASSES OFF THIS SIT.

13 Sasha Fri, Feb 22, 2008 - 7:22 pm

I live in NY and have followed the case non-stop and have yet to hear any talk about the victims that were actually in the car with Sean that night. Yes, it was a horrible tragedy that Nicole’s husband to be was killed on their wedding day but, what about Joesph and Trent that have to live with the physical damaged they suffered? I don’t hear any one trying to help out two black young men that have to live the rest of their lives permenantly injured.

14 sexy mama Fri, Feb 22, 2008 - 9:31 pm

I LIVE IN NYC ALSO AND I’M WONDERING WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER VICTIMS OF THAT TERRIBLE NIGHT. WHY AREN’T THEIR FAMILIES GETTIN AS MUCH HELP AND ASSISTANCE AS “MRS. BELL”. THOSE OTHER TWO FAMILIES HAVE BEEN EFFECTED JUST AS MUCH IF NOT MORE. HOW CAN JOSEPH AND TRENT TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES IF BOTH GUYS CAN’T EVEN WALK WITHOUT PAINS OR SOME KIND OF DISCOMFORT. “MRS. BELL” CAN MOVE ON WITH HER LIFE IF AND WHEN SHE CHOOSES. SHE CAN GET HER ANOTHER MAN. UNFORTUNATELY, TRENT AND JOSEPH CAN’T PICK UP AND GET NEW LEGS. THEY CAN’T GO BACK TO THE LIFE THEY HAD BEFORE GOING TO CELEBRATE THEIR FRIEND GETTING MARRIED. JOSEPH HASN’T GOTTEN ANY FEELIN BACK IN HIS LEG DUE TO HIS INJURY AND HIS DIABETES. TRENT CAN’T PLAY OUTSIDE WITH HIS SMALL SON BECAUSE HE CAN’T STAND FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME TO KEEP UP WITH HIM. YES, ITS TERRIBLE THAT SEAN BELL NEVER GOT A CHANCE TO SEE HIS YOUNGEST CHILD AND THAT SHE WILL NEVER GET TO KNOW HIM PERSONALLY. BUT ITS HER MOTHERS JOB TO TELL HER OF THE KIND OF PERSON SEAN WAS. BUT DUE TO ALL THE MARCHES AND FUND RAISERS HER CHILDREN ARE SET. ITS TIME TO PASS THE BLESSINGS ON TO THE OTHER VICTIMS. HELP THEM REBUILD THEIR DAMAGED LIVES.

15 anna Sat, Feb 23, 2008 - 2:46 pm

First of all you need some anger management there buddy. Second how do you know that I’m not black.  Third, educate yourself, I suggest reading or some other constructive hobby. If you follow the facts of this case you might understand that if someone is driving a car towards you that is a clear threat, which warrants deadly force. Period.  For your information I am not a fan of abusive cops at all. They should be punished accordingly.  However, I do respect their authority, this is what happens when you don’t listen to them. Unfortunately there are rules in this society and if you dont follow them trouble will follow.  I do not agree with police brutality and don’t disagree with you that monorities are targeted. My issue is the exploitation of it by an already rich man and the fact that she is financially benefitting from a tragedy. So stop pulling the racecard already. As for me being a racist, well I am married to a black man…like I said, read something!!!

16 CHIEF 00 Sat, Feb 23, 2008 - 9:46 pm

YOU ARE YET ANOTHER WHITE FEMALE THAT THINKS BECAUSE YOU MARRIED A BLACK MAN THAT YOU ARE EXEMPT FROM YOUR RACIST ATTITUDE. WELL YOU ARE NOT. WHITE PEOPLE TALK SHIT TO COPS AND DISOBEY THEM FAR MORE THAN BLACKS DO AND HOW MANY OF THEM END UP DEAD. THERE WAS ONCE A 17 YEAR OLD WHITE GIRL THAT REPEATEDLY RAMMED POLICE CAR AFTER POLICE CAR AND NOT ONE SHOT WAS FIRED AT HER. I GUESS DEADLY FORCE WASN’T WARRENTED THERE??? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE MOTHER MAKING MONEY TO FEED HER CHILDREN THIS JUST TAKES THE PLACE OF WHAT THE CHILDRENS FATHER WOULD HAVE GIVEN THOSE KIDS. THESE WHITE COPS NEED TO BE STOPPED OR THEY SHOULD TREAT WHITES JUST LIKE THEY TREAT BLACKS. THAT WAY YOUR EYES WOULD OPEN AND YOU COULD SEE THE UNFAIR TREATMENT THAT COPS GIVE US.

17 whiteboy Sun, Feb 24, 2008 - 11:37 am

you sit here claiming that whites are the problem yet the minority cop who feared for his life fired the first shot. Open you eyes people. Yes this was a tragedy, but was far from a racial incident. As for a company like rocawear capitalizing on the tragedy its disgusting and the timing of the ad debut further shows their motives. If if was really about helping the family why DOD it take so long for the ad to appear, why did it debut just before the trial. Answer publicity stunt.  As to the idiots claiming white people disobey and disregard the police much more than black people open your fucking eyes you ignorant fools. Where the fuck did you grow up? It obviously wasn’t on this planet.

18 Ms. Queens Sun, Feb 24, 2008 - 3:49 pm

This is an all around tragedy. Noone is the winner. I bet if Nicole could get her husband back instead of wearing Rocawear she would in a second. The cops are all colors. Its when they get on the force they all think and act alike. The poor minorities in the inner cities are a serious threat no matter what and that is what we must protest against.

19 CHIEF 00 Sun, Feb 24, 2008 - 4:07 pm

TO PUNK ASS WHITEBOY, DON’T COME UP HERE ACTING LIKE WHITES AND BLACKS GET THE SAME TREATMENT BY COPS CAUSE YOU KNOW THAT ISN’T TRUE. I DON’T CARE THAT YOU THINK THAT THIS IS A PUBLICITY STUNT THESE FUCKING COPS NEED TO BE DEALT WITH AND HER CHILDREN NEED TO BE TAKEN CARE OF. EVERY DAY WHITE COPS ESPECIALLY TARGET US SO WHEN A WHITE COP IS INVOLVED IN SOMETHING LIKE THIS WE SHOULD TARGET THEM. WHITE PEOPLE CURSE OUT AND TALK SHIT TO COPS ALL THE TIME CAUSE THEY KNOW THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH IT. MINORITIES ARE TO SCARED TO DO THAT SHIT BECAUSE THE REALITY IS THAT WE CAN END UP DEAD. WHAT PLANET DID YOUR PUNK ASS COME FROM. THIS SHIT DOESN’T AFFECT YOU THAT IS WHY YOU ACT LIKE YOU DO. GO ON A WHITE SITE WITH THAT ATTITUDE BITCH.

20 Maria Mon, Feb 25, 2008 - 1:39 am

Cheif
First off..cut the shit.
This isnt a race issue, it’s the fact that these cops, (yes one of them was white) abused their power. So please, so accusing people of being white just because they do not agree with you. There is such a thing as difference in opinions and you need to learn to respect it.
With the track your mind is one, you’ll end up as shit in life.
And before you say shit, I AM A MINORITY!
So please…just shut the fuck up already.

21 CHIEF 00 Mon, Feb 25, 2008 - 10:02 am

OOOH, I’M REALLY SCARED! IF YOU ARE BLACK THEN GET ON BOARD THIS ISN’T ABOUT JUST THIS CASE IT IS ABOUT WHITE COPS ABUSING THEIR POWER FOR DECADES AND IT NEEDS TO BE STOPPED. I PERSONALLY DON’T GIVE A SHIT IF ONLY ONE OF THE COPS WAS WHITE THAT IS THE ONE THAT I WANT TO SEE GO DOWN THE HARDEST. FUCK RESPECTING YOUR OPINION, IT DON’T MEAN SHIT TO ME. ANYTIME I SEE A BLACK PERSON, AS YOU SAY THAT YOU ARE, NOT BACKING US WHEN WE NEED IT MAKES YOU WORST THAN THE RACIST WHITE PEOPLE. SO DO YOUR SELF A FAVOR AND YOU SHUT THE FUCK UP AND JOIN OUR RACE WHY DON’T YOU.

22 Unknown Mon, Feb 25, 2008 - 12:50 pm

First to Anna, you hit the nail on the head. To Chief…..the difference between the minorities and the whites is the whites will obey the cops.  Thats why they don’t get shot.  Bell and his little thug friends were given instructions to STOP and what did they do, they attempted to run down the officers with their vehicle.  When you are told to do something, you do it.  Bell was not some upstanding citizen, I’m sure he was no stranger to the system…..what groom to be goes to a strip club the eve-morning of his wedding and then proceeds to take one of the stipper whores with him.  The club was a known drug and prostitute location.  Neither Bell or his fiance worked, they lived with her mother, sure they’re going to make money off of this.  Grieving widow, if Sean was alive she porbably would of left his ass foe being with that whore on her wedding day.

23 Unknown Mon, Feb 25, 2008 - 12:59 pm

Of course she isn’t going to lose….she is black going against and most likely suing the NYPD.  If it was the other way around, which it has been, do they let the grieving widows and mother of 2 of police officers sue the killer?  You don’t hear anything about that.  What about the slain officers families.  What about those 2 cops that were killed execution style?  They were black killed by blacks.  At least the court decided in their favor.  Unfortunately they had to die for it, but their case didn’t get this much attention because they were cops.  It was OK when OJ killed a white woman, serves her right for being with OJ.

24 MAMA~ S Mon, Feb 25, 2008 - 11:13 pm

FIRST OF ALL I GIVE JAY Z THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR PUTTING NICOLE IN HIS AD! SHE DESERVES IT! I AM OUTRAGED BY THESE FOOLS WHO SAID SHE DID IT 4 THE MONEY!!! SO FUCKING WHAT!! SHE HAS 2 CHILDREN T0O RAISE BECAUSE HER HUSBAND(YES HE STILL IS) IS NOT HERE TO HELP HER BECAUSE HE GOT MURDERED ON WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ONE OF THEIR HAPPIEST DAYS!!
MY DAUGHTER HAD TO DO A COLLAGE FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND I PUT THAT AD ON HER COLLAGE FIRST!! NICOLE IS A WONDERFUL BLACK WOMAN FOR HANGING IN THERE AND HAVING THE COURAGE AND STRENGHT TO WAKE UP EVERYDAY AND BE A SINGLE MOTHER!! AND TODAY WAS THE FIRST DAY OF TRIAL NICOLE I SUPPORT YOU 1000000000 % STAY STRONG!!

25 Lish Tue, Feb 26, 2008 - 12:17 am

To unknown what do you mean by saying that the difference between whites and people of color is that whites obey the cops?? that is bullshit didnt u see that crazy flordia cop (who was in the wrong). If a people despite color is accused of something they didnt do you wouldnt expect them to speak up? “Minorities” obey the cops also because they are always quick to draw guns…my boyfriend was walking to his house and the cops told him to get down on the floor..for what? my brother was coming home from the movies and the cops frisked him thinking he was rape suspect..why? my sister and my young niece was in a car that had a flooded taillight and the cops (a firm she works for..not uniform) walked up to the car with my baby niece with guns drawn. I worked with the firm briefly and i know procedures and you do not approach a car wit guns drawn..HELLO!

26 Lish Tue, Feb 26, 2008 - 12:20 am

* The white teen was talking back to the florida cop who mistreated him. There are good cops i kno some blk ones white ones..but there are alot more who are power hungry. I had cops tell me they wish they didnt have guns. The good are outweighed by the dumbasses.

27 WhiteDave Tue, Feb 26, 2008 - 12:27 am

Yes, yes, Mr. Bell was such a fine young man. Oh sure, he dealt some drugs, carried around illegal guns, etc., but who doesn’t? Now, there may be some people that say that propositioning hookers at 4AM on the morning of your wedding day is not the best thing to be doing with one’s time, but that just shows how racist they are. These are the same vile racists that speak ill of those nice African Americans in Jena, LA that stomped that white boy bloody.

But seriously folks, why not spend your energy defending black people that AREN’T scumbags? Take John White, of Long Island. A black man, he got nailed for manslaughter because he shot a drunk white kid that came onto HIS property with a baseball bat (and some of his scumbag friends) and called Mr. White a N****er. Even after White pulled a gun on the kid, the kid SLAPPED at the gun. Needless to say, the little punk got shot. So here you have an upstanding family man who happens to be black, taking out a scumbag that happens to be white, and the poor dude is going to jail for it. Where are all the black people standing up for him?

No, Y’all would rather defend scumbags like the Jena 6, Sean Bell, Rodney King, and people like that. Pretty sad.

28 PEOPLE PEOPLE Tue, Feb 26, 2008 - 12:56 am

We can’t get discouraged by punks like White boy Dave and Unknown. First they are the same person. Next they are kkk so they want to see all of us dead. Next they are computer supermen so they are bold behind the computer keys. Last they are probably punk ass cops that are really scared of the powerful black man that is why they became cops. Hey punks come out from behind the computer keys and lets see what you are really made of. These guys are racist we can’t waste our time on them.

29 WhiteDave Tue, Feb 26, 2008 - 11:23 am

So out of curiosity, if I am a card-carrying member of the KKK (and want to see all blacks dead), why would I support John White? Because I like his last name or something?

30 Lish Tue, Feb 26, 2008 - 5:16 pm

What does his previous record have to do wit the situation at hand? so because he sold drugs it made it alright for the cops to shoot him. Also in reference to the hookers..i though just about all men had bachelor parties the night before their weddings? Your just making Sean sound bad. Some people have troubled pasts and perhaps he was in the process of changing his life for the good the world will never know but that does not make it okay for him to be shot!

31 To Tish Tue, Feb 26, 2008 - 5:37 pm

WhiteboyDave is probably one of the racist cops that practice this kind of shit all the time because he is intimidated by the black man. Don’t get upset at the dumb shit that he says. To answer Whiteboy’s question about why you support john white… Yes you do support him because his last name is white. Why are you still on this site? Go back to your klan meeting where you belong.

32 lish Tue, Feb 26, 2008 - 6:48 pm

lol wow.

33 BLAMBO Tue, Feb 26, 2008 - 7:39 pm

WhiteDave and Unknown, nobody is saying that Mr. Bell was an angel but you know that had that been you there is no way that you would be dead. We want the same treatment from cops that your white ass will get. That is what we are saying. There was once an incident where a 17 year old girl got arrested and placed in a police car, while handcuffed, she was able to slip her arms in front of her and she somehow got in the front and began ramming the police car into other police cars over and over until she was able to crash her way out from the surrounding cars she drove away IN A POLICE CAR until they caught up to her and surrounded her again. She once again began crashing her way out and there was a second chase and they finally caught her. Guess what not one fucking shot was fired. Now why does your white ass think that is??? So I don’t want to hear no shit about white people “following the rules.” You people just get away with the shit that you do. So shut your fuckin mouth BITCHES

34 WhiteDave Tue, Feb 26, 2008 - 8:32 pm

So nobody here has any love for the black cop that squeezed off the first shot? I mean, he was just as black as Bell, right?

35 BLAMBO Tue, Feb 26, 2008 - 8:43 pm

WhiteDave, You just raad my post but typically you will ignoreit because it has merrit. What do you have to say about that post? As for the black cop that squeezed of the first shot I have something to say. He was traind by white racist cops. There are alot of these minority officers when they become police officers they forget where they came from and think that they are white. I’ll say it again. WHAT ABOUT THE POST ABOVE? Speak on that!

36 WhiteDave Tue, Feb 26, 2008 - 8:59 pm

Ok Blambo (PLEASE tell me your name is a cross between “Black” and “Rambo”; that would make my day). Not EVERY time somebody does stupid stuff to the cops do they get shot. In fact, in the VAST majority of cases; they don’t. Cops are actually pretty well trained to NOT shoot unless they feel they have to. For example, take Crystal Mangum (the chick that accused the Duke boys of rape). She stole a cab and tried to hit a cop with it, and did not get shot. The thing is, the probability of getting shot when you do stupid stuff like that is much greater than if you mind your own business. That being said, cops here in NYC deal with (dis-proportionally black) armed suspects every day without a shot being fired.

FWIW, on this message board and others people seem to be focusing on the ramming of the police car, probably because that is a big part of the cops’ defense. But I have a feeling that even if they did ram the police car, the cops wouldn’t have shot if Guzman hadn’t said “let’s go get my gun”. First of all, it was that statement that made the cops follow the guys outside in the first place. But more importantly, it put the cops in an alerted state and put them in “fight or flight” mode. 

I often wonder if most black people feel they have to support every scumbag just because they are black. That would suck. For example, I know a lot of black people felt like they had to support Bary Bonds during the whole steroids thing, but as a white guy I have no problem condemning Roger Clemens.

Not for nothing, but if my wife had known that I had been trying to get a hooker the morning of my wedding, she would NOT have taken my last name. Hell, she would probably buy the cops that killed me a drink. One thing about black guys, they do keep their women in their place. smile

37 Unk Tue, Feb 26, 2008 - 9:02 pm

Blah, Blah, Blah. Blambo, learn how to spell!  Black cops are trainers in the academy also….talk about ignorant( note the spelling).  No I am not a cop….it is not worth the pay to deal with these punks.  The Black man will always win, yes, because they will always have their color to blame.  Everything is because they are black…...take some responsibility.  Well anyway the cops that are hired nowadays are not the quality cops the NYPD used to have….because of incidents like this.  The standards for cops have been lowered.  Why, because the original way…the good way, wasn’t fair to minorities.  People, learn how to spell.  I’m sur a couple on here are no strangers to the system.  Become a cop, get into the same situation and lets see what happens.  I’m sure you can become one since they lowered the standards.  I give them credit for doing it.  I’d rather see the cops on trial.  Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6. Hail to the one who killed Larry Davis!!!!!!!  Justice has been served.

38 Unk Tue, Feb 26, 2008 - 9:09 pm

The sad part to this trial is….Nicole is gonna make money off of it.  To the bachelor party remark…..yes, some do have parties the night before their wedding, but a decent bridegroom would not leave the club with the skank or hang out with the skank the day of his wedding.  Yeah, very classy.

39 Unk Tue, Feb 26, 2008 - 9:10 pm

Larry Davis has finally got what he deserved…..too bad we can’t bring back the 6 cops he killed, I’m sure their families miss them.

40 BLAMBO Tue, Feb 26, 2008 - 10:52 pm

To CrackerDave and his sidekick scared boy, I have something for you. Why Don’t either one of you show up at a rally for the Jena 6 or Mr. Bell ane repeat all the stupid shit that you say really I would like to see how bold you 2 really are. Cause you 2 are some bad ass motherfuckers on a computer but in real life you 2 are a pair of kitty kats. Unknown, your dumb ass says learn how to spell and in the very next sentence you spell a word incorrectly. You are a fucking joke and a pussy all wrapped up in one. You say that the quality of cops has gotten worse why because they can’ty just go around killing us anymore and get away with it. You just keep sticking your KKK foot in your mouth everytime you open it. Hope to see you 2 BOYS or should I say GIRLS at a rally soon. where we can “DEBATE” these things face to face.

41 Maria Wed, Feb 27, 2008 - 12:11 am

Ok, just because I am a minority doesn’t mean I’m black. That is how fucking ignorant you are, you can’t even acknowledge that there are other races that are considered minorities.
To everyone else on this blog. And the girl who tried so hard to get away and got one shot, maybe those cops knew how to handle the situation and maybe just maybe you could notice that this is a police brutality issue.
If you honestly think that anyone who opposes the fact that this is a RACE ISSUE and that ALL WHITES WANT TO SEE BLACKS DIE, then maybe you should die.
Stop with the white shit. Your missing the fucking point of this blog, it is about Nicole Bell and her children. Not some white supremecy.
Who ever Peoplepeople is, the creation of the KKK was not to kill black people for fun. Yes, it was a horrible period in history but it was the result from fear of change. Blacks had just recieved the right to vote and whites (IN THE SOUTH) did not want their states to switch polical parties. so before you come in with this whole “it’s cause i’m black” learn the fucking history behind it.

42 To the comment above Wed, Feb 27, 2008 - 10:00 am

First off who gives a fuck if you are black, green, purple or blue. In this story there aren’t other races to consider Nicole is black, her children are black, and Mr. Bell was black stupid ass. As you say about the girl that tried to get away maybe those cops knew how to handle the situation, I’m sure the cops knew how to handle Mr. Bells situation too they just chose not to “BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK.” Thats right I said it if you don’t like it then don’t read it stupid. This is a black issue because not even spanish people get shot by the police half as much as black people. That’s why I continue with the “It’s because I am black thing” as you call it. It would take an idiot to say this is just about Nicole Bell and her children and disregard Mr. Bell, the man that was killed by the police, but I guess that is exactly what you are. Why do you know so much KKK history is there something that you need to get off your chest?? Bottom line is this is a black issue so you can stay your ass out of it just like the 2 dumb ass white boys. We need change BLACKS need the same treatment from the cops as everyone else. By the way Maria, one minute you are black, the next minute you aren’t. What are you? Let me guess…..CONFUSED. You go die asshole.

43 Sasha Wed, Feb 27, 2008 - 2:03 pm

All of you ass holes supporting the cope are FUCKING pissing me off. Yeah all cops aren’t bad but it is well known that cops pick on blacks a lot of the time for no apparent reason. First of all the cops are wrong in this situation because no one knew of any of those boys pasts. They’re not walking around with signs saying that they’re drug dealers of whatever else you guys are saying. So, with that mind why are they even bring up their pasts? That is not important. The facts are that the cops were completely wrong for shooting at them killing a father of two and servely injuring a father of two and another that almost did get the chance to see his first born come into the world. I think you all should think before you write because what they are bring up in court has nothing to do with the facts. I respect everyone opinon of the situation but be serious its real said that everyone is pulling the race card. We should all know that cops are the biggest gang through-out the world and if anyone knows about gangs they dont allow the members to go down in the fire. Thats why even though the cops know they’re wrong the WILL NOT admit it. NEVER…

44 Nippy Wed, Feb 27, 2008 - 2:46 pm

Anna said:

Anna- Fri, Feb 22, 2008 - 5:08 pm
“Perhaps if Mr. Bell had obeyed the instructions of the police officers he would not be dead.  As for Jay-Z and Mr. Bells “wife” way to capitalize on a tragedy. This is a ridiculous campaign and for her to have included her innocent children in this fiasco speaks even further about her character and motivation for participating in this.”

First of all, get the facts straight.  According to witnesses (yeah, I know, those witnesses aren’t credible to you, because they aren’t “fine white folk”) said the cops never identified themselves as police officers.

By the way…Amadu Diallo obeyed the cops, and was shot at 41 times, 19 of those bullets ended his life. 

If you are a white woman, I’m not surprised in the least that you feel this way.  In fact, I’m not surprised at anything white people say about us…or try to do/do to us. 

If you are a black woman, then you are to be pitied.

I have a 15 year old son.  He is not a thug, a gangbanger or a drug dealer…yet he is at the mercy of so called “law enforcement”, who sees him as nothing more than a nigger whose life is worthless.  The same unfortunate sentiments befall his father.

Tell you what, though…Nicole Bell is a beautiful, gracious, poised young woman who has handled herself well throughout her ordeal.  I applaud her.

Should the same tragedy befall me, I wil not be as gracious or poised…I’m gonna hurt someone.

45 Nippy Wed, Feb 27, 2008 - 2:59 pm

Another thing I don’t like about this case…

...funny how all of a sudden, white folks, particularly white MEN, keep harping on the fact that Mr. Bell was at a strip club the night before his wedding…like white men don’t patronize strip clubs…but oh, my bad…white men don’t attend strip clubs, they attend “Gentlemen’s Clubs”.

Well, a nasty assed stripper is a nasty assed stripper, regardless of her clientele.  A strip club is a strip club…gentlemen’s club my ass.  I’m cool with the fact that MEN like to look at women naked, but it pisses me off when white people try to diffrentiate between black men who do it and white men who do it.

They also continue to imply that Mr. Bell’s character was less than stellar…like what the fuck does that have to do with anything?  Guess what…plenty of white folks walking around with characters that are less than stellar…like the white boys who slink to the inner city to get their drugs, then ride back to the suburbs and pretend they are angels…like the white chicks who’ll drop to their knees to suck a brotha’s dick, or who’ll fuck one out of “curiosity” and lust…then will turn around and clutch their purse or damn near cower in the corner of an elevator when a black man walks in…whether in a UPS uniform or a tailored suit…because she’s supposedly so “frightened”.

To Anna and the rest of the freaks hating on Nicole…leave her the fuck alone.  She’s done nothing wrong.  And frankly, esp. Anna, if your exterior is as ugly as those words you posted, I can safely say that NO ONE will be calling on you to be featured in any ad where attractiveness is a requirement.

46 To the post above Wed, Feb 27, 2008 - 3:06 pm

That’s right get that bitch Nippy. Silence her stupid ass

47 Unk Wed, Feb 27, 2008 - 4:02 pm

OH, one word excuse, me Mr. Spellcheck. Why the fuck would we want to go to a fucking rally to support her?  Some of us have jobs!  We don’t have the luxury of being unemployed and living off the government.  Instead of trying to run the cops down, he should have obeyed them and stopped the vehicle.  That’s what a normal person does when they are told to do something.  Obviously he was trying to evade the police for something or he wouldn’t have tried to kill them with his vehicle.  Amadou Diallo did not obey the cops.  He was told not to move and to put his hands where the cops can see them…...instead of obeying, he reached for his wallet!  When you are told not to move, you do not move.  Color has nothing to do with credibility, the background of all involved have to do with whether they are credible or not.  I’m sure all involved were no stranger to the system.

48 WhiteDave Wed, Feb 27, 2008 - 4:04 pm

To those wondering why the guys’ pasts matter, it goes to credibility. Nippy is absolutely correct that the cops did not know about their past records. However, when evaluating the descriptions of what really went down, it makes sense to look at the character of the people making those descriptions. So when the cops claim that one of the party said “let’s go get my gun,” the fact that all three of these guys have been convicted for gun possession lends some weight to that.

Fortunately, the judge in the case is pretty decent; if these cops do deserve to be punished, they will. And even if they are acquitted, maybe some of y’all will get some free TVs out of the whole deal smile

49 ..... Wed, Feb 27, 2008 - 4:40 pm

HA, ISN’T THAT FUNNY, WHITE DAVE..
WHEN DID YOU GET A HOLD OF THEIR CRIMINAL RECORD TO SEE THAT THEY HAVE “ALL” BEEN CONVICTED OF GUN POSSESSION?

50 I TOLD YOU Wed, Feb 27, 2008 - 5:05 pm

Listen everyone, WhiteDave is a racist cop. Why do you think it is that he is trying to defend what those cops did? There should be a law that if those cops are found guilty WhiteDave and I should have to go head up. I bet I will shut his fucking mouth then.

51 WhiteDave Wed, Feb 27, 2008 - 5:16 pm

You are correct, they were arrested, though I do not know if they were convicted or not (in at least one case it was sealed for some reason, perhaps because he was a juvie). That being said, do you honestly think they were arrested for gun possession WITHOUT actually having guns? Or what about guzman, who was arrested for ARMED ROBBERY? I mean, do you really think that kind of behavior is cool?

On another note, maybe white culture and black culture are just so different that it makes communication impossible. For example you have Blambo countering arguments by basically saying “go to a rally and get your ass kicked”. Not only is there no attempt at real discourse, but he seems quite proud that his fellow blacks would respond with violence. I have to admit, this way of thinking is simply foreign to me. Maybe it is for the best that neighborhoods are naturally segregated; it seems like many times the two groups mix there is nothing but trouble for both sides:  Rodney King, Sean Bell (though again only one cop was white), Duke Lacrosse, Jena 6, Tawana Brawley, etc.

Oh well. As they say, good fences make good neighbors.

52 BLAMBO Wed, Feb 27, 2008 - 6:15 pm

WhiteDave, sometimes violence is the answer if someone continues to make racist statements. Sometimes a good ass kicking is what someone like you needs. Some people think that they can just go around continue to spew out racism and not get their teeth kicked in. You need a reality check and I am just the one to assist you with that. This think isn’t new to you I can tell with your mouth you have had your ass kicked before.

53 NIppy Thu, Feb 28, 2008 - 3:01 pm

WhiteDave said: “On another note, maybe white culture and black culture are just so different that it makes communication impossible. For example you have Blambo countering arguments by basically saying “go to a rally and get your ass kicked”. Not only is there no attempt at real discourse, but he seems quite proud that his fellow blacks would respond with violence. I have to admit, this way of thinking is simply foreign to me.”

Perhaps it wouldn’t be so foreign to you if you as a white man had to stand by while white men were consistently being blown away by the people who are supposed to “serve and protect”.  As a black woman I worry about husband and son constantly, because I and every black person responding to this blog understands that the lives of black men are not valued—profession or lack thereof is not an issue…just ask the widow of a DOCTOR who was blown away by police officers in NY eight years ago…which is why the police don’t have a problem with pulling a weapon and firing…to kill…when it is not necessary.

And why the hell should black people make an attempt at “real discourse” with white people or the police?  Shit, we attempted “real discourse” with white folks while they were burning down our churches, our homes, lynching our men, killing us because we fought for the most basic of human rights, spitting on, throwing rocks at and threatening children just trying to get an education, screwing us in the workplace.

White culture IS different from black culture and any other type of culture in that white culture feels superior to black and other cultures, and it manifests itself through racism and discrimination, suble and blatant.  It was not black people who burnt crosses on people’s lawns, rode through people’s homes dressed in white sheets, dragging families from their homes, lynching the men and destroying their homes.  A few white families have moved into my neighborhood.  I happen to know that at least two of those families are Jewish.  But did my black neighbors paint swastikas on their door?  Did we firebomb their homes?  Harrass and threaten their children?  NO!  Most of us, myself included, say hello, and keep it moving.  Most of us don’t care to get involved with them, but, unlike what white people did and do to us, WE give our white neighbors a humanity pass.  Because, unlike white people, we realize that just because we don’t necessarily like them…or want them in our neighhood, does not give us the right to hurt them or destroy their property.  We understand that while we don’t have to play “rainbow coalition” with them, that we DO have to respect their right to live in our neighborhood, without fear of repercussions from us. 

Perhaps someone be telling white folks that…since they’re still doing dumb shit like firebombing black folks houses, blowing up their mail boxes, and painting “nigger go back to Africa” on their front doors.

And you want us to attempt “real discourse”  Whatever.  Don’t ask me for shit…I have nothing to give white folks.  I will respect your rights as human beings, and if I saw one of you hurt, sick or in trouble, I would come to your aid…but that’s about it.  I don’t want to be friends with white folks, break bread with you, discuss why I choose to loc my hair rather than kill it with chemicals to make it look like white folks hair, I don’t want you all coming back from vacation and placing your arms next to mine comparing skin color because (1) most of you look like cooked lobsters from the sun burn, and (2) I find it strange that people who hate people of color so much would want even a touch of color, but that’s white folks pychosis, not mine, and god knows I don’t want you all as family members…good thing my son loves black women, isn’t it?

Leave us the fuck alone, and we’ll leave you the fuck alone, and we’ll all get along just fine. 

And until the police cease being so quick to kill black and brown men…criminals or not…unemployed or employed…blue collar or white collar…young or old…my comtempt for them will continue to simmer.

54 Sasha Fri, Feb 29, 2008 - 12:22 am

Its really sad to read that in America in the year 2008 a black man can’t get a fair trial. HOW DO ANY OF YOU KNOW ABOUT THESE YOUNG MENS PAST HISTORY??? HUH, LET ME SEE… DID THE COPS PULL THEM UP AFTER THEY SHOT AT THEM 50 TIMES KILLING ONE AND WOUNDED TWO OTHERS… SOUNDS LIKE THEY ARE TRYING TO KEPT THEIR STUPID ASSES OUT OF JAIL WHERE THEY KNOW THEY DON’T HAVE ANY GUNS AND AS SOON AS THEY ENTER IT THEY WILL GET FUCKED UP BY ALL THE INMATES THAT WERE WRONGLY ACCUSED AND ARE SEVERING A LIFE SENTENCE BASED ON THE WORDS OF THOSE MOTHER FUCKERS…

55 Lish Sat, Mar 01, 2008 - 7:03 pm

Unk what report said that bell and his friends were taking girls from the club I dont remeber that one. post the link. Anyway the man was just trying to have a bachelor party which regardless of color traditionally have strippers. He did not deserve to get shot and his getting shot did not have a damn thing to do with his past. In new york city jump the turnstyle u can get a ticket or a warrant come on now a good deal of people have records that does not mean they will be bad apples for the rest of their lives. Alot of people are trying to justify the man’s death with his previous records. I saw some off the wall comments talking about one less drug dealer shit not all drug dealers are black. And in my circle of black men (brothers, cousins, friends, boyfriends) I have never even associated with drug dealers. As for Diallo the man was not a native to this country his understanding of the police commands may have differed from that of the law enforcement in his home country. He was showing ID. They always tell people especially black men to carry around id. People have rights against the cops to.  There are organizations that say no isnt okay to get frisked you dont have answer that question or this question but for black men its harder to excerise those rights when your being thrown up against a car.

56 WhiteDave Mon, Mar 03, 2008 - 6:44 pm

Lish - the drug dealing comments are NOT because Bell was black; you are correct that not all drug dealers are black. But Bell had been arrested twice for dealing drugs.

57 Sasha Thu, Mar 06, 2008 - 1:03 pm

So, what… b/c he was a drug dealer he deserved to be shot??? How did they know who he was b4 the killed him??? they didn’t know… they were jus tryin to do n e thing to get there arrest. now they are tryin 2 cover it up… n that dumb shit has got to stop…

58 S.D Wed, May 07, 2008 - 10:43 pm

We as African Americans need to stand up and be heard. This tragedy should bring us together as a people. Though Lincoln freed the physical shackles of   slavery, somehow our so called system has found a way to keep us in mental shackles. Heartfelt sympathy go out to the families affected by yet another bias tragedy. So keep ya heads up and get ready to fight, fight, fight. No justice, no peace.

59 Sean C. Wed, May 07, 2008 - 11:01 pm

S.D., You are so right. The sad thing is that our OWN race will not listen to your words of wisdom.  Nicoles husband has already been forgotten by most of us and it is a shame. This tragedy should bring us together but our race is all over the map trying to blend in with every other race. We are the only race that this kind of thing happens to but we, as a race, are so trying to do for ourselves instead of trying to help each other like every other race does. We, as a race, have a long way to go and hopefully my children can see the progress if it is ever made.

60 JESSIE Sun, Nov 25, 2012 - 2:37 pm

R.I.P SEAN BELL! GREAT AD JAY-Z…
I DONT THINK THIS WAS A RACIAL INCIDENT BECAUSE THERE WAS MORE THEN ONE COP INVOLVED AND DIFFERENT COLOR, BUT I JUST FEEL THAT IF HE HAD STOPPED AND NEVER ATTEMPTED TO FLEE THAT MAYBE THEY WOULDVE BEEN ALL OKAY.I DONT THINK IT WAS RIGHT FOR THE COPS TO SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES THAT WAD RIDIUCLOUS AND IT WAS GOOD THAT THEY .LOST THERE JOB ALTHOUGH THERE YOUNG AND ABLE TO GET BACK ON THEIR FEET SOMEHOW, I JUST THINK THIS WAS TAKIN WAY TOO FAR AND COULDVE BEEN AVOIDED. AND IT STATED THAT GUZMAN SAID HE HAD A GUN WHICH GAVE PROBABLY CAUSE FOR THE COP TO GO AFTER THEM, BUT THE SHOOTING WAS UNNECCASSARY. *REST IN PEACE SHAWN BELL.

61 Lina3780 Tue, Mar 01, 2016 - 12:32 pm

I’m a black woman and I’m against police violence towards people they need better training.They are flat out murderers as of now. If this doesn’t stop it will be a race war all over again.well guess what they will try and kill every black they see moving. KKK does that OK keep upholding the wrong doing because you never know where you’lol end up

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