NYPD To Fire Detective In Sean Bell Shooting

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD will fire one of the officers involved in the Sean Bell shooting, CBS 2 has learned.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has upheld a Departmental trial judge’s ruling to fire Det. Gescard Isnora. He will also lose his pension.

Detectives opened fire on Bell’s car as he and two friends left a Queens strip club in 2006. Five officers fired 50 shots and Bell was killed.

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.

Last November, an NYPD official recommended the firing, saying that Isnora acted recklessly in setting off a barrage of bullets at Bell on his wedding day.

Following the 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.”

gescard isnora NYPD To Fire Detective In Sean Bell Shooting

Gescard Isnora (credit: handout/NYPD)

Bell’s fiancée, Nicole Paultre 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.

“Now, everyone sees that Det. 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,” Paultre Bell said.

The other officer in the Department trial, Carey, was found to have acted properly. He fired three shots.

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 leave a comment below…

  • Obama

    Sen bells wife is a skell

  • Lou Bracate

    Those kids were up to no good..They got what was coming….Those poor cops..Now EVERY OFFICER HAS TO THINK 3X before pulling the trigger….Bu@#$^T !!

  • tom

    you know what no one ever asked..what was he doing at a strip club or anywhere else at 4 in the morning when he is getting married the next day?before you all jump down my throat,just think what time were you home the night before you got married…

    • Jane

      Since when is going to a strip club on your wedding night a crime warranting execution?

      • tom

        who goes to a strip club on wedding night,hillbillies?if police yell freeze,you freeze.

  • Michael Johnsom

    This is a matter of very inconvenient timing for the officers (especially Isnora) removed from the force as the politicians want to cool down tensions over what transpired in Florida almost 4 weeks ago. And I’m sure Ms Bell would have gladly traded her soon to be spouse for $7M. Most people would. Maybe she should share some of it with the officers since her husband was equally at fault as they were. She shouldn’t end up the only winner.

  • Yes Sir

    Reverend Al Sharpton, YOU Sir ruined the life of Mr. Pagones with YOUR lies you are a double tongued fool. And your judgement day is coming too.

  • LottoByCop

    “i need a shemale…”

  • capt h

    please…………there was cause to act. I feel for the Officer

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