The Reverend Al Sharpton was convicted Wednesday along with seven others for disorderly conduct and blocking intersections, tunnels and bridges during protests he led over the 2006 police shooting of Sean Bell. Bell was sprayed with 50 bullets in his car outside a Queens, New York, strip club hours before his wedding. Criminal Court Judge Larry Stephen was sensitive to the situation surrounding the case. “I am of course sympathetic to the underlying issues which gave rise to the protests and demonstrations on May 7,” Stephen said, according to Newsday.com. As a result, Stephen sentenced each protester to time served and ordered them to pay a court fee of $95.
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