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by Peter Moskos

March 24, 2012

Officer who shot first at Sean Bell is fired

The departmental wheels of justice turn very slowly, but they do indeed turn. It's been six years since Sean Bell was killed. Leaving aside the merits of the case against the officers (If I remember correctly, I think my position was that the officers indeed were not criminally guilty, except maybe the officer who fired first), note that Ray Kelly didn't have to do this. It's not like this is still much in the public's eye. It's not like he'll gain politically from this (unless, however, he runs for mayor). Maybe he just thought it was the right thing to do.

From the New York Times:
Law enforcement officials said word of Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly’s decision came late Friday. Detective Isnora, an 11-year veteran, will not collect a pension, one official said. “He loses everything,” the official said.


Anonymous said...

What is the over/under on the amount of pay that Isnora has collected since he jumped on that windshield?

I don't think he lost everything, by any stretch. May even still be hirable -- we'll have to see on that.

PCM said...

"Jumping on that windshield" is an interesting way to see "hit by a car."

I'm always amused when liberals are against union rules and workers rights... when it applies to police officers.

Regardless, here's a story about how police officers fair in such situations. It's a mixed bag.


Anonymous said...

Well, the interestingness level of the characterization here depends upon which eye witnesses are believed and dis-. Too bad they let that fourth perp get away. Would have been interesting to hear his account of Detective Isnora's approach.