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Sean Bell Verdict May Deepen Mistrust of Police

Three New York City police officers were acquitted on Friday in the shooting death of Sean Bell, a young, unarmed African-American man who was killed hours before his wedding. Guests discuss the verdict, which some say has deepened fear and mistrust between African-American communities and police.


Kyle Murphy, retired lieutenant in the New York Police Department, author of the New York Times op-ed, "The Fear Behind the Badge"

Kai Wright, columnist for and author of Drifting Toward Love

Peter Moskos, author of Cop in the Hood and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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