The tragic 2006 shooting death of Sean Bell at the hands of New York police became a refreshed memory for some city residents, especially in light of the recent Trayvon Martin case. Just weeks after being released by NYPD commissioner Raymond Kelly, undercover detective Gescard Isnora has come forward in a somewhat defiant stance saying he feels just slight remorse for his hand in the killing of Bell.
In an exclusive interview with NBC New York, the former detective asserted that his actions on that fateful November night were part of his duties as a police officer. “I was fed to the wolves if, you know, you wanna use that,” said Isnora regarding his firing. “That’s exactly what the Commissioner and the Mayor did.”
Isnora maintains that while part of an undercover operation at a Queens strip club under suspicion of running a prostitution ring, he and other officers witnessed Bell having an argument with a rival when they claim a man in Bell’s group mentioned grabbing a gun. In an ensuing fracas, Isnora claims he saw one of Bell’s companions go for a gun which prompted him and the other officers to fire the rain of bullets into the car Bell was driving.
After a department investigation following years of protests, it was determined that the Isnora and the others acted improperly in their shooting of the unarmed Bell. Still, Isnora feels betrayed by the NYPD and he maintains that he did what was necessary at the time. “I’m not looking back, no apologies, no regrets,” Isnora continued. “I came to grips with what I did.”
Isnora intends to file action in order to regain his position with the force.
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