Tuesday, October 25, 2011

NYPD Cops Who Killed Sean Bell Could Be Terminated

Nearly five years after an unarmed man died in a barrage of 50 police bullets following his bachelor party in Queens, two of the shooters faced a long-delayed disciplinary trial on Monday that could cost them their jobs.
Detective Gescard Isnora and Officer Michael Carey are charged violating department guidelines by using unnecessary force in the 2006 shooting of Sean Bell, who died on what would have been his wedding day.
The 23-year-old Bell was killed and two friends seriously injured outside a topless bar where police were investigating reports of prostitution. No weapon was found in Bell’s blood-splattered, bullet-riddled car, sparking accusations that the New York Police Department was too quick to use deadly force in his case and others.
The disciplinary proceeding follows a 2008 non-jury trial where Isnora and two other officers were acquitted of criminal charges. Carey was never charged criminally.
NYPD attorney Adam Sheldon told an administrative judge on Monday that the tragic outcome was the result of “the outrageous, unimaginable and unjustified actions of Detective Isnora.”
When Isnora and other officers began shooting at a car carrying Bell and two friends, Carey fired three rounds without proper cause, Sheldon said.

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