NEW YORK – The fiancee of an unarmed man killed by police in 50-bullet barrage and a friend who survived the shooting say a $7 million civil settlement is fair, but not cause for celebration.
Nichole Paultre (PAWL-tray) Bell and Joseph Guzman spoke Wednesday at a news conference at their lawyer's Brooklyn office.
The deal announced Tuesday awards $3.25 million to the estate of Sean Bell, $3 million to Guzman and $900,000 to a third victim, Trent Benefield.
The three men were shot in 2006 outside a strip club in Queens where Bell had his bachelor party. Three police officers charged in the shooting claimed they believed the men had a gun. The officers were acquitted in 2008.