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Saturday, March 24, 2012

NYPD ends Sean Bell killing case

The detectives who shot and killed Sean Bell will surrender their badges. In the six years since Bell died in a hail of gunfire hours before his wedding, the police officers involved were acquitted of criminal manslaughter charges but then faced a departmental investigation. The department doesn't want them any more.

Detective Gescard Isnora, who fired the first shots that night, will be fired. Detectives Marc Cooper and Michael Oliver, and Lt. Gary Napoli will be forced to resign, but will be able to collect their pensions. 

"Disgraceful, excessive, unprecedented." Words that one might think describe the actions of the detectives who ended Bell's life. But no. These are the words of the detectives' union leader, describing the decision to end Isnora's career. 

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