A Black man who spent 24 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of double homicide is now suing the city of New York and a team of police officers for allegedly threatening him into making the false confession that landed him behind bars.
George Bell’s conviction—and life sentence without parole—were dismissed in 2021 after new evidence surfaced proving his innocence. His attorney, Richard Emery, blamed Bell’s botched conviction in the 1990s on a variety of factors, including a biased media, then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s poor crime strategy, and the city’s flawed justice system, claiming it targeted Black and brown people.
“It was a rush to judgment with political forces behind that judgment,” Emery told The Daily Beast.
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