Last Updated: Monday, 27 November 2006, 18:43 GMT
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has condemned the shooting of an unarmed black man by police but said he will support the city's police chief.
Mr Bloomberg also pledged a fair and thorough investigation, following talks with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Sean Bell, 23, was killed when police shot 50 rounds at his car after he left a strip club on the eve of his wedding.
It is alleged that police began firing after the man's car hit an unmarked police car. Two men were also injured.
Following the talks with the city's police commissioner and community leaders at City Hall, Mr Bloomberg said he was "deeply disturbed" by the violent incident.
"I can tell you that it is to me unacceptable or inexplicable how you can have 50-odd shots fired, but that is up to the investigation to find out what really happened," Mr Bloomberg said.
Reverend Al Sharpton, a prominent civil rights activist, called it a "very candid, a very blunt meeting".
He said the message to the mayor was: "This city must show moral outrage that 50 shots were fired on three unarmed men."
The talks come a day after several hundred people held a vigil for Mr Bell, during which protesters called for the resignation of the city police chief.