Cop in Sean Bell Shooting Fired From NYPD
After 6 years the NYPD takes action
Six years ago, 23-year-old Sean Bell was shot outside a Queens strip club where Bell and his friends were partying the day before his wedding. The cops, who fired 50 bullets into the car Bell was driving with friends within a few seconds, said they believed Bell had a gun. A gun was never found.
New York Police Department came to a final decision Friday to fire Detective Gescard Isnora, who fired the first 11 shots inside the car where Bell and his friends sat. Isnora said, on that night, he believed one of the men had a gun because he heard him say, "Get my gun" outside the club.
Isnora's lawyer told The New York Times that the decision to fire the officer was "extremely disheartening." The paper also reported on its website Friday that three other officers are being forced to resign: Detectives Marc Cooper and Michael Oliver, who fired shots at Bell, as well as Lt. Gary Napoli, a supervisor who was at the scene.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Friday, "There was nothing in the record to warrant overturning the decision."
All officers were acquitted of criminal charges at a trial in 2008.