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Cops Fired, Forced To Resign in Sean Bell Shooting; Man Hit By L Train After Fight; No Verdict In Pena Case


NYPD detective Gescard Isnora has been fired for his involvement in the 2006 shooting of Sean Bell. Isnora initiated the firing of 50-shots that left the unarmed Bell, who was leaving a Queens strip club, dead on what was supposed to be his wedding day. Two other officers who fired shots and another who was at the scene are being forced to resign. Isnora testified in the Police Department’s administrative trial that he thought Bell and a friend were going to engage in a drive-by shooting and that Bell’s friend had a gun. One prosecutor argued that Isnora’s actions led to “contagious firing.” “The commissioner’s decision to terminate Detective Isnora is extremely disheartening and callous and sends an uncaring message to the hard-working officers of the New York Police Department who put their lives on the line every day,” Isnora’s lawyer said, according to the New York Times. Isnora will not collect pension. [NYT]

A man was hit by an L train at the Bedford Avenue station after a fight with another man resulted in them both falling onto the tracks Friday. The other man was able to get away. After being taken to the hospital the victim’s condition was designated as critical. According to the New York Post, he has died. [NBC New York, NYP]

The jury has not reached a verdict in the case against Michael Pena, the NYPD officer accused of raping a woman while off-duty, and will deliberate again Monday. [NYDN]

At 12 p.m. today Occupy Wall Street protesters will march alongside the family of John Collado, who was shot by a plainclothes NYPD officer. The march will span from Zuccotti Park to Union Square, according to a press release from City Council member Ydanis Rodriguez.

Streets are closed around Grand Central Terminal because of a “full-scale exercise” that will “stimulate a steam release” conducted by the FDNY, Con Edison and the MTA between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. today. [Gothamist]

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