Four Cops In 50-Shot Sean Bell Shooting Ousted from NYPD

By William Gorta on March 24, 2012 12:04pm 

POOL:..Detective Michael Oliver, (second from right) Detective Gescard Isnora (fifth from right immediately next man with yellow tie - partially hidden.), Detective Marc Cooper, (last man on right with red handkerchief)...The three detectives were charged in connection of the fatal shooting of Sean Bell last November and were arraigned at State Supreme court in Queens...The Honorable Randall Eng presided..... Original Filename: IMG_7461.JPG
POOL:..Detective Michael Oliver, (second from right) Detective Gescard Isnora (fifth from right immediately next man with yellow tie - partially hidden.), Detective Marc Cooper, (last man on right with red handkerchief)...The three detectives were charged in connection of the fatal shooting of Sean Bell last November and were arraigned at State Supreme court in Queens...The Honorable Randall Eng presided..... Original Filename: IMG_7461.JPG
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The undercover cop who started the barrage of gunfire that killed Sean Bell on his wedding day is to be fired by the NYPD, according to reports.

Three other officers who took part in the 2006 shooting will also be forced from the department in disciplinary plea deals, the Daily News reported.

Det. Gescard Isnora, who fired the first of the 50 shots aimed at the car containing the unarmed Bell and two friends, loses his pension and health benefits as a result of his dismissal.

Det. Michael Oliver, who fired 31 shots’ Det. Marc Cooper and their boss, Lt. Gary Napoli’ will keep all or part of their retirement packages, the Daily News said.

“It really don’t matter,” William Bell, the dead man’s father, told the Daily News.   “They still have lives. Pension or no pension, they’re still walking around, they’ll get another job.

“My son doesn’t have a chance to start over again.”

Bell was leaving Club Kalua, a Jamaica, Queens strip joint, in the wee hours of his wedding day when an argument broke out between one of his friends, Joseph Guzman, and another man.

Cops believed Guzman was retrieving a gun from Bell’s car and swooped in.

But Bell, who was legally drunk, tried to drive off and struck a police van.

Isnora yelled, “Gun!” and let the first round go, sparking the fusillade. He fired 10 more shots.

Cooper fired four times.

Two others involved in the shooting, Officer Michael Carey and Det.  Paul Headley, remain with the force.

The cops were acquitted in a 2008 criminal trial and the city settled a civil case for more than $7 million.

The Department of Justice declined to charge the officers with civil rights violations.

 

 

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