NYPD officer involved in Sean Bell shooting testifies
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the officers involved in the 50-shot killing of an unarmed man on his wedding day is publicly telling his account of the incident for the first time.
Gescard Isnora testified Wednesday at a New York Police Department trial in the 2006 death of 23-year-old Sean Bell.
Bell was killed and two friends were seriously injured. The shooting occurred outside a topless bar where police were investigating reports of prostitution.
Isnora fired 11 times.
No weapon was found in Bell’s bullet-riddled car. That sparked accusations that the NYPD was too quick to use deadly force in his case and others.
The disciplinary proceeding follows a 2008 non-jury trial in which Isnora and two other officers were acquitted of criminal charges.
Another officer facing departmental discipline was never charged criminally.
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