New York City has agreed to pay the family and friends of Sean Bell $7 million, four years after police officers shot and killed the 23-year-old black man the night before his wedding day. Bell's two children will receive $3.25 million and the remaining $3 million will go to Bell's friend Joseph Guzman, who was also injured that night. Trent Benefield will get $900,000. The New York Times reports that the wrongful death lawsuit also accused the NYPD of negligence, assault and civil rights violations. Finally, New York City does the right thing. Now, will the cop involved in the shooting that sued Sean Bell's estate follow suit?


—Nsenga K. Burton


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