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Sean Bell Case is Not Over

We've been waiting 4 weeks for NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to decide the fate of Detective Gescard Isnora, who has cost the City US$7 Million in a settlement over the shooting of Sean Bell. On Nov. 30th, Deputy Commissioner Martin Karopkin recommended that the detective be removed from the force, but only the commissioner can decide. Meanwhile, there seems to be a tacit statement that the incident was the result of policy and protocol.
On December 8th, according to the Times-Ledger, Karopkin "...found that Isnora acted recklessly by not only opening fire but by also dropping his undercover persona when he was pursuing Bell and his entourage".

"The [NYPD] judge should have been the judge in the criminal case," said Nicole Paultre-Bell, "Detective Isnora, you started this, but it's not over". Reporter Ivan Pereira of the Times-Ledger contacted the Detectives Endowment Association for a comment, but they have not been returning phone calls.

On December 12th, the Wall Street Journal published a new set of rules for undercover police. That's the only official word from Commission Kelly's office.

On July 27, 2010 the City of NewYork agreed top pay out a settlement of more than US$7 Million as reported by ABC News:

"The settlement filed in Brooklyn federal court on Tuesday pays $3.25 million to the estate of Sean Bell, who was killed in 2006 outside a strip club in Queens while leaving his bachelor party. As part of the settlement, the city agreed to pay $3 million to Joseph Guzman and $900,000 to Trent Benefield, both of whom were wounded in the shooting.The head of the NYPD detectives union called the deal as an "absolute joke," but the move settles one of the most racially charged cases in the city's recent history.

"It's a matter of time before this happens again, with the police doing the shooting and getting away with it again," Guzman said after the settlement."

In 2008, 2 years after the November 2006 shooting, the criminal case against the 4 undercover agaents was damaged when one of NYC's own claimed that she had contaminated the evidence. It takes a lot of motivation to part with US$7 Million in municipal funds. The incident caused many threads in the nieghborhood of Jamaica, Queens to unravel, and the wheels of justice have been forced to turn. Several related cases continue to evolve.

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