Sean Bell’s Fiancée: Officers Involved In Shooting ‘Overreacted,’ Should Be Fired

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The fiancée of Sean Bell had some strong words on Thursday about what should happen to the police officers involved in the shooting death of her would-be husband.

Speaking at a news conference, Nicole Paulte Bell said the NYPD officers “overreacted.”

“Please, for our family, for the life and the memory of Sean, for Joe and Trent and for New York City, terminate all these men with no pensions.  No one should be allowed to retire with their dignity and honor.  They didn’t give that dignity and honor to Sean, Joe and Trent that night,” she said, referring to her fiancé and his two friends.

According to a recommendation by an NYPD official, Det. Gescard Isnora, who set off a barrage of bullets at Bell on his wedding day, acted recklessly and should be fired.

“Now, everyone sees that Detective Isnora — you started this, but it’s not over,  it’s not finished. Because at the end of the day, not even the commissioner has the last word — God does,”  Nicole Paulte Bell said.

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The recommendation came following a Departmental trial for Det. Isnora and Officer Michael Carey in the case of the shooting death of Bell.

Detectives opened fire on Bell’s car as he and two friends left a Queens strip club in 2006. Bell was killed.

Five officers fired 50 shots.

Department officials said Isnora violated NYPD guidelines for both blowing his cover by clipping his shield to his jacket and for firing the first shots inside Bell’s car.

Isnora said he believed Bell’s friend had a gun. He said he came out of his undercover role and fired because he had no other choice. He fired 11 times in all.

Carey, who fired three shots, was found to have acted properly.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly will decide whether to accept the recommendation to fire Isnora.

In response to Wednesday’s recommendation, Rev. Al Sharpton released a statement that read in part:

“For the judge to find Detective Gescard Isnora reckless in triggering what occurred is to remove the attempt by the defenders of the police to put the blame on the victims, as was attempted with malice throughout the criminal trial. Though I feel that the Judge erred with his finding on Officer Michael Carey, I strongly agree that his decision on Isnora vindicates the position of those of us who have worked to vindicate Sean Bell and his family.”

In 2008, Isnora and two other officers were acquitted of criminal charges at a non-jury trial.

The city has agreed to pay more than $7 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by Bell’s family and two friends.

Please share your thoughts below…

  • LU

    I’ve concluded, 50+ years on this planet, nothing has really change. Racists and bigotry still exists and it’s a crying same. Keep believing your own hatred and when you take your last breath, you will answer to GOD.

  • bobby


  • BC

    If a cop points a gun at you and tells you to stop your car, you don’t keep driving towards the cop. Lesson learned to all city kids. Hang around some shady places, don’t listen to police officers, and get shot. If you’re lucky, you’ll live. If not, your family will win the ghetto lottery. $7M?? Seriously? I doubt Sean Bell would have made $1M in his lifetime.

  • Betty B

    Hay big mouth Al. A question for you and your group. First of all you are a disgrace to any human race. Secondly, You messed up a whole family with your mouth over the Twayna Brawley case and now you defend a guy (Sean Bell) who is preparing to get married and is out at 2,or 3 in the morning getting his balls blown a tramp. Another few hours he could have gotten it free. Then the city gives his girlfriend 7million dollars. No wonder the city is broke. They weren’t even married. How much did you get, A–Hole?

    • rev als weave

      its called the ghetto lottery, get your tickets today!!!!!!!!

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  • Dreamcast

    Comm. Kelly: Sir, isn’t there enough violence in the city without psyco cops wondering the streets with a badge and a gun?

  • ace11

    GOOD job by the Cops

    they did their job…getting rid of 2 bad characters

    they deserve a medal

  • Surfin Bird

    Totally unjust firing a cop for doing his job.

    • Amtracmarine

      So thinking that someone is doing something wrong and shooting that person
      because you are afraid is doing your job??

  • Allyce

    I knew this five years ago. Now how about justice for DJ Henry the Pace University football player who was assassinated outside of a White Plains bar….

    • Dreamcast

      Agreed Allyce, A college town, a bar fight, (wow), and a dead college student.

      Is it a cops duty to run in front of a moving vechile, get hit, and then blame the victim for causing his own death? And remember people, before the spin doctor cops post lies as usual, the cop didn’t know the student had a .14 BAC before he shot him to death!

      This cop needs to be given the boot, and/or sent to Afganistan where he can run in front of cars and shoot people all day!

  • Big Dog

    Talk about Monday morning quarterbacking, what a disgrace !

  • Joe Schmo

    Black people aren’t going to like this one (throwing one of their own under the bus while other officers were white).

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