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$7-million settlement in police shooting case

Narayan Lakshman

Washington: The city of New York on Thursday agreed to pay more than $7 million to settle a civil lawsuit filed by victims of a police brutality case dating back to November 2006.

While two of the victims injured in the incident — Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield — were set to receive $3.25 million and $900,000 respectively, the children of Sean Bell, the man killed on his wedding day by police officers, would get $3 million placed in a trust fund. Mr. Bell's fiancée Nicole Paultre Bell, however, will not receive any settlement, according to reports.

The three men were shot by plainclothes detectives outside a nightclub where Mr. Bell was hosting a party in the night just hours before his wedding.

While Mr. Bell was killed on the spot, Mr. Guzman was hit by 17 bullets and Mr. Benefield was also seriously injured. Reports said 50 shots were fired in the span of a few seconds.

Given differences in the accounts of the police and some witnesses, including the fact that no gun was found on the victims despite police allegations that they had been armed, the incident set off protests on the streets of New York. The fact that the three victims were African-American had also revived allegations of racist attitudes in the city's police force.

While three police officers involved were indicted on multiple charges in March 2007, the United States Department of Justice said in February this year that it “would not pursue federal civil rights charges against police officers involved” citing lack of sufficient evidence.

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