The three NYPD detectives in the Sean Bell case were acquitted Friday on all charges.BACKSTORY: Sean Bell died in a hail of 50 bullets fired by a group of New York police officers outside a strip club in Queens on Nov. 25, 2006. Bell was leaving his bachelor party with two friends and was to be married later that day to his fiancee and mother of children Nicole Paultre. The case ignited the emotions of people across the city and led to widespread protests among those who felt the officers used unnecessary force.

Judge Arthur Cooperman said he found problems with the prosecution’s case. He said some prosecution witnesses contradicted themselves, and he cited prior convictions and incarcerations of witnesses.

The financee of Sean Bell, weeps as she leaves the courtroom with her mother, Laura Paultre (2nd left) and the Reverend Al Sharpton (R) after the not guilty verdict on all counts was given by Judge Arthur Cooperman.