WNYC's Bob Hennelly is an award-winning investigative journalist. While at WNYC he has reported on a wide gamut of major public policy questions ranging from immigration and homeland security to power outages and utility mergers.
The NYPD officer who fired first in the Sean Bell case back in 2006 has been dismissed from the NYPD following an internal departmental trial decision approved by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Detective Gescard Isnora had been criminally charged and acquitted in the November 2006 case but lost his bid to stay on the force.
"There was nothing in the record to warrant overturning the decision of the department's trial judge," wrote Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne in a statement.
Officers fired some 50 rounds into Bell's car killing Bell and seriously wounding two of Bells's companions. The City has paid out $7 million to settle claims that arose from the Bell case.
Two other NYPD officers involved in the shooting were cleared at the criminal trial but are expected to take early retirement.