April 28, 2008

Reactions to Friday's acquittals of three New York police detectives who shot and killed an unarmed black man, Sean Bell, outside a Queens strip club on his wedding day in 2006:

"What we saw in court today was not a miscarriage of justice. Justice didn't miscarry. This was an abortion of justice."

THE REV. AL SHARPTON, civil rights activist

"That's despicable for him to say that, because we have the greatest criminal justice system on Earth."

MICHAEL PALLADINO, president of the Detectives Endowment Association, responding to Mr. Sharpton's comments

"I'd like to say sorry to the Bell family for the tragedy."

MARC COOPER, one of the acquitted detectives

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