It’s time to terminate these trigger happy wanksters! The first officer to fire on Sean Bell, the Queens man killed the day of his wedding by a barrage of NYPD bullets, is expected to speak publicly for the first time today about what prompted him to draw his weapon and fire at an unarmed man:
An NYPD detective will for the first time publicly explain Wednesday why he shot at Sean Bell’s car – sparking a 50-shot police barrage that killed the bridegroom on his wedding day.
Detective Gescard Isnora and two other detectives were acquitted of manslaughter in the controversial 2006 shooting near a Queens strip club.
But now Isnora and Officer Michael Carey are fighting departmental charges accusing them of firing their guns in violation of departmental guidelines. Isnora, who fired 11 times, testified before the grand jury that indicted him, but did not take the stand at his trial. Carey, who fired three shots, was one of the witnesses at that trial. He will also testify Wednesday.
Inspector Michael Hurley, who at the time of the shooting was the commanding officer of the Firearms and Tactics section, testified Tuesday that that the NYPD concluded Isnora was unjustified in shooting. He also said Carey should not have fired.
Carey’s lawyer Stephen Worth suggested Carey was not reckless, because he stopped firing when Isnora moved into his line of fire.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, speaking outside Police Headquarters after sitting through part of Hurley’s testimony, said both cops should be thrown off the force.
We don’t see how this is up for debate. These guys are lucky not to be in jail, in fact it’s downright criminal that they aren’t. But it’s just plain disrespectful to still have them on the police payroll. There is no explanation that can justify shooting an UNARMED man!