FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2007
STATEMENT BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG ON GRAND JURY DECISION
“After hearing the case presented by the Queens District Attorney, the Grand Jury has spoken. Although some people will be disappointed in the Grand Jury’s decision, we have to respect the result of our justice system.
“It also needs to be said that being a Police Officer, as we were reminded several times last week, is a very dangerous job. And although a trial will decide whether crimes were committed in this case, day in and day out the NYPD does an incredible job under very difficult circumstances. That being said, this case has led Commissioner Kelly to rightly examine several aspects of Police operations, including undercover work and ‘contagious shooting.’ Finally, those Officers involved in this incident who were not indicted are now subject to departmental investigation and disciplinary action.
“Over the last few months, I have participated in many meetings with community leaders, clergy and elected officials. I have sought to assure all of them that having strong police-community relations is a goal I am committed to and we are willing to make the ongoing effort necessary to achieve and sustain that goal.
“Nothing anyone can do will bring back Sean Bell. But we can resolve to learn what lessons we can from this tragedy.”
Stu Loeser (212) 788-2958