Close to five years after the shooting death of Sean Bell on his wedding day, his former fiancee, Nicole Paultre Bell, said that it was a “nightmare” to sit through the NYPD disciplinary trial.
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“It can get overwhelming,” Bell, 27, said on Tuesday outside the hearing at police headquarters in Manhattan. “But this is in Sean’s memory.”
The departmental trial will determine the fate of Detective Gescard Isnora’s and police officer Michael Carey’s jobs. They were among the five officers who fired 50 bullets into a car in which the unarmed Bell, then 23, and his two friends got into after leaving a Queens strip club on November 25, 2006.
“If you make a mistake, if you don’t follow the guidelines, if life of an innocent person is taken away, you should be punished,” Bell said. “No one is above the law.”