Detectives Gescard F. Isnora, Marc Cooper and Michael Oliver (2008)
Charged With: Manslaughter, assault and reckless endangerment
The Trial: On the night of November 25, 2006, three undercover NYPD officers opened fire at Club Kalua in Jamaica, Queens, injuring two men and fatally killing one, Sean Bell. On the night of his bachelor party, Bell had reportedly got into a verbal altercation outside the club when one undercover police officer says he heard, “Yo, get my gun.” When Bell and his friends got into the car to exit the scene, they were pulled over by an individual later identified as an undercover cop. As Bell sped off, Detective Isnora, who was at the scene of the crime, declared “gun” to the other police officers. Fifty bullets opened fire on the car in less than a few seconds.
Outcome: On April 25, 2008, all three cops were acquitted on all counts. The case incited anger and national attention, and on May 18, 2010 a civil suit was lifted and a settlement from New York City to Sean Bell’s family of $3.25 million was reached.
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