With a top official from the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) and Councilmen James Sanders (D-Laurelton) and Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) looking on, several local residents expressed outrage during a town hall meeting in Laurelton that the officers involved in the shooting had not yet been indicted.Many in attendance were also extremely critical of the response from local elected officials to the shooting, arguing that they had not been forceful enough in demanding top police officials be held accountable for what they termed a "culture of disrespect" toward blacks that exists in the Police Department."The vibe out here has been extremely lethargic," said Marquez Claxton, a retired police officer who is now a member of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement that Care. "We're dealing with institutional racism that requires major change."100 Blacks in Law Enforcement began calling for the ouster of Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly shortly after the deadly shooting of Bell on Nov. 25.Monday's meeting was pulled together by District Leader Elmer Blackburne and grew out of weekly meetings that Meeks has hosted to discuss the response to the shooting with local clergy members and civic activists. About 75 residents packed the basement of a church on 223rd Street for what was billed as an opportunity to get the latest information on DA Brown's investigat
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