The three cops acquitted of killing Sean Bell were hit with disciplinary charges last week. Detectives Marc Cooper, Gescard Isnora and Michael Oliver were accused of firing their weapons outside of NYPD departmental guidelines – charges that could result in their termination from the force. Isnora was also charged with violating NYPD vice protocols by taking action as an undercover.
Al Sharpton, who is demanding that the Justice Department try the three cops for violating Bell’s civil rights, called the internal charges “a step in the right direction.”
“That’s good news,” Sean Bell’s father, William, added. “On a gloomy day like today, I need some good news.”
The three officers remain on modified duty, stripped of their guns and badges.
JANE BOLIN HONORED
Jane Bolin, the first black woman to serve as a judge in the United States, was recently honored with a portrait to be hung in the Dutchess County (NY) Family Court.
Judge Peter Forman wanted to keep Bolin’s legacy alive so he formed a committee to raise money to commission the portrait. He added, “We have enough funds to produce prints, which we are going to get into all of the schools here in Dutchess County as a way of educating the young people about her as a role model.”
For more info on Judge Bolin, be sure to read her recent Black History Spotlight.
FIRST SEIU BLACK FEMALE PRESIDENT
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000, the largest state employee union in California, recently elected Yvonne Walker as its president, the first black woman to hold the position.
Walker, a legal secretary at the Department of Justice, previously served as the 94,000-member union’s vice president for bargaining for three years.
She remarked, “We’ll continue to focus our energies to pass a responsible state budget, negotiate a new contract for our members, and build a union that wins for our members. This is an opportunity to bring everyone together…This was a tough and spirited election, but we all share the same goals.”
Elected with 44 percent of the vote, Walker will assume office on July 1.