The cops who opened fire on Sean Bell are facing a disciplinary hearing that could result in their dismissal. For years, theses cops have hidden behind their lawyers, who said the officers opened fire on the car with a hail of bullets because they thought one of the passengers had a gun.
Detectives Gescard Isnora and Michael Carey were among five officers who fired 50 shots at a car carrying Bell and two friends the night of Bell’s bachelor party at a Queens strip club. November will mark 5 years since this terrible tragedy.
The officers have already been acquitted of manslaughter charges in a criminal court but at Police department hearings a department judge must now determine whether the pair violated any NYPD regulations and if so, should be punished for it.
Isnora fired the first shot at the car Sean Bell was driving outside Club Kalua in Queens, sparking a barrage of gunfire that killed Bell and wounded his two passengers. The detectives fired a total of 11 bullets at the time.
“His error in judgment facilitated everything that happened after that,” said NYPD lawyer Adam Shelton, who called Isnora’s conduct “outrageous, unimaginable and unjustified.”
The NYPD said Isnora and Carey face internal charges involving firing their weapons outside of department guidelines. Isnora, who was working undercover, was also charged with a violation related to blowing his cover. The officers involved have been working on modified duty, officials said. The 2 other cops, Oliver and Cooper also still face departmental charges but are said to be trying to work out deals to retire.
The cops who opened fire on Bell said they believed someone in the car had a gun and that Bell was trying to run them over. But this still doesn’t justify opening a hail of bullets on a vehicle when bullets are not firing back.
Nicole Paultre (pictured above) who was supposed to marry Sean Bell that dreadful day said “My daughters are now 8 and 5, and they miss their dad, and someone needs to be held responsible for that.”