Jury clears police in teen's death

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 8:00 AM
Last updated 11:14 AM
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – A jury has cleared North Charleston police in the 2005 death of a teen who swallowed crack cocaine.

The jury deliberated about four hours Monday before finding police were not at fault in the death of 16-year-old Travone Bell.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office, which operates the jail, was dropped as a defendant during the weeklong trial.

Authorities say Bell swallowed the drug when he was stopped for a traffic violation.

Attorney Michele Forsythe represented Bell's parents and said police should have done more to protect their son, who was too young to understand his mistake of swallowing crack cocaine.

Defense attorney Robin Jackson says police had no way of knowing Bell had swallowed crack because he denied it and was not showing symptoms.

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Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 11/24/09 - 09:04 am
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This never should have gone

This never should have gone to a jury.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 11/24/09 - 09:12 am
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one less to feed, clothe and

one less to feed, clothe and bed down..but it's the cops fault, "they should have done more to protect their son??!?!?!?!?!?, typical entitlement mentality...it's everyone else's fault but the parent(s)...give me a break

blackjackcool1
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blackjackcool1 11/24/09 - 10:21 am
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He swallows crack and they

He swallows crack and they blame the police?????? Only in f----d up america!

bankgirl
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bankgirl 11/24/09 - 11:08 am
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people can be so stupid..

people can be so stupid.. i've never used crack but i do not you shouldn't swallow or use large amounts b.c it can cause an overdose.. stupid people..

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Mike_Futrell 11/24/09 - 11:46 am
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"Swallow crack, probably

"Swallow crack, probably die... I even had it underlined!"

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corgimom 11/24/09 - 07:38 pm
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This was a frivolous lawsuit,

This was a frivolous lawsuit, and I resent that we have to pay taxes to run courts that have to deal with this kind of nonsense.

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