That’s the decision from Police Commissioner Ray Kelly regarding Det. Gescard Isnora, one of the officers involved in the shooting that killed Sean Bell in 2006.
More than three months after a judge in an NYPD departmental hearing decided that Isnora had violated police shooting guidelines, Kelly has finally decided that Isnora will lose his job, pension and health benefits.
Isnora, who was the first to fire and let off 11 of the total 50 shots, broke the rules on shooting and revealing his identity as an undercover cop, the judge had decided, but it was up to Kelly to make the final call about the punishment.
Police Officer Michael Carey, who fired three rounds and was also facing departmental charges, was acquitted. The others involved — Detective Michael Oliver, Detective Marc Cooper and Lt. Gary Napoli — cut plea deals with the department. They have agreed to resign in exchange for getting to keep all or part of their pensions.
“It really doesn’t help,” Bell’s father, William, said Monday. “They can get another job, but I can’t get my son back."