Rally held against cleared NYPD officers

Two of the officers were black
April 26, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Reverend Al Sharpton is planning a rally today to keep up the pressure on three New York City police officers acquitted in the 50-shot killing of an unarmed man. Tears of joy and outrage followed the announcement of the verdict outside a courthouse Friday. The judge, who heard the case without a jury, cited inconsistent testimony and questionable credibility of witnesses in delivering the decision.

The officers gunned down 23-year-old Sean Bell outside a Queens strip club hours before his planned wedding.

Bell was black, as were two of the officers. But the case has stoked long-standing allegations of racism and excessive use of force on the part of New York City's police.

The Justice Department is still considering whether to bring a federal case against the officers and a civil lawsuit still looms.