posted on May, 8 2008 @ 02:31 AM
The "crack dealer" accusation is one I hadn't heard before.
Anyway, I have mixed feelings about the Bell case - while I don't fell it is as clear a case of police misconduct/incompetence as the Dialou (sp)
case, It seems basically to have been an epic screwup by some poorly trained cops.
Bell's friend said something epically stupid about a "gun" that didn't exist, probably to scare off the cops - who he apparently thought were
gangbangers - and the (understandably nervous) cops got anxious and overreacted with massive firepower.
A "racist execution?" Hardly.
Lousy police work that ended up with an apparently harmless & totally unarmed guy dead? Yep.
As usual both "official" ideologies offer absurdly simplified explanations of a complicated event.
The truth is less simple, and should be looked at squarely and unfiltered by ideology, so the same needlessly fatal errors are not repeated.
This event could have ended uneventfully if not for "tough guy" foolishness by people on both sides.