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Sean Bell's Fiance Lauds Departure Of Three Officers Involved In Shooting

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Sean Bell's fiance says she's glad that three of the five NYPD officers who shot and killed her husband in 2006 are being forced out of the police department.

However city's detectives union is blasting the department's decision to fire one of the officers involved in the deadly shooting.

The NYPD says Police Commissioner Ray Kelly will not overturn a department trial judge's ruling that Detective Gescard Isnora be fired. Isnora fired the first of 50 shots that killed Bell and injured two of his friends outside a Jamaica, Queens, strip club on the morning of Bell's wedding day in November 2006.

Two other detectives who fired shots, Michael Oliver and Marc Cooper, will resign from the force, along with Lieutenant Gary Napoli, who was the NYPD supervisor at the scene of the shooting.

"In the end, the injustice has already taken place. Sean is taken from us and we cannot get that back, so at least they will be removed from being police officers," said Nicole Paultre Bell on Saturday. "I think they've proven that they can't be trusted using their discretion and using a deadly weapon at the same time."

Isnora opened fire after he said he heard one of Bell's friends say "Get my gun" outside a Jamaica, Queens, strip club. No weapon was ever found.

Isnora reportedly will not get a pension or health benefits.

In a statement, the Detectives Endowment Association calls the decision to fire Isnora excessive and unprecedented.

It goes on to say in part: "Stripping a cop of his livelihood and an opportunity for a vested retirement is punishment reserved for cops who have... disgraced the shield, not for someone who has acted within the law."

Isnora, Cooper, and Oliver were all acquitted of criminal charges in the case.

Officer Michael Carey, who was found not guilty of improperly firing his weapon, will remain on the force. Oliver, Cooper and Napoli reportedly struck deals to keep their pensions.

Bell's parents expressed frustration on Saturday over how long the whole process had taken, and also that all of the involved officers avoided jail time and that some will keep their pensions.

"It's crazy, it's really crazy. What they're going to walk away with and here we're just sitting back with the loss of a young man," said Valerie Bell, Sean's mother.

"You tell me he deserves a pension? Think about it, people got to think about these things, how they do things. It's not fair to us. We lost our son," said William Bell, Sean's father.

The city paid Bell's family and his two injured friends $7 million as a result of a civil lawsuit.

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