07/28/2010

New York City settles Sean Bell lawsuit

Will pay more than $7 million to settle the civil suit brought by Bell's estate after he was killed by cops outside a Queens' nightclub in 2006

By Monika Plocienniczak
CNN

New York — New York City will pay more than $7 million to settle a civil lawsuit brought by the estate of a man killed by police outside a Queens' nightclub in 2006 and by his two friends, who were seriously wounded, a spokeswoman for the city's Law Department said Tuesday.

The estate of Sean Bell, who was killed in the shooting, will receive $3.25 million, Joseph Guzman receive $3 million and Trent Benefield will get $900,000, said Kate Ahlers.

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