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Four NYPD Cops In Sean Bell Shooting Lose Jobs

March 26, 2012  | 

The New York Police Department has fired the detective who sparked a 50-round fusillade leading to the death of a man outside a Queens strip club on his wedding day.

The NYPD has fired Det. Gescard Isnora and forced three other officers involved in the shooting of Sean Bell, 23, to retire.

Fellow detectives Marc Cooper and Michael Oliver, and Lt. Gary Napoli will resign, following an administrative trial that found they acted improperly. Isnora, Cooper, and Oliver were acquitted in 2008, after a criminal trial.

Officers told the New York Times that Isnora's termination would hurt morale, though some said the police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, had no choice but to cut ties to a detective whose name had been tainted.


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Morris @ 3/28/2012 5:11 AM

If the department truly believed policy was violated, then kudos to them for a brave, if interdepartmentally unpopular, decision. If, however, and far more likely, they caved once again to public opinion in the wake of potentially less than favorable future reelection/reappointment prospects, then once again the public's safety becomes the ultimate victim. And, that said, the public has no one to blame but themselves for their short-sighted, 60 second soundbite, apathetically challenged, and educationally bereft intellects.

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