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NYPD forces out cops in 2006 Sean Bell shooting

NEW YORK -- Three officers involved in the controversial Sean Bell shooting case will be forced out of the New York Police Department by Monday, including one who will be fired, NBC New York has learned.

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New York Police Detectives Marc Cooper, left, Gescard Isnora, center, and Michael Oliver talk to media at a news conference April 25, 2008, in New York after they were acquitted of all charges the 50-shot killing of an unarmed groom-to-be Sean Bell on his wedding day in November 2006.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly has upheld a departmental trial judge's ruling to fire Detective Gescard Isnora, sources said. Two other detectives - Michael Oliver and Marc Cooper - are expected to report to the NYPD's pension board Monday to formally hand in their papers, sources said.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne confirmed the decision by Commissioner Kelly to fire Detective Isnora saying,"There was nothing in the record to warrant overturning the decision of the Department's trial judge."

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One source said Isnora is not expected to be allowed to get a pension as a result of Kelly's ruling.

The president of the Detective's Endowment Association declined comment.

Isnora was the detective who fired first sparking the 2006 50-shot fusillade that killed Sean Bell and injured Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield.

Bell was killed in a Grey Nissan outside a Queens strip club hours before he was supposed to marry his longtime fiancée Nicole Paultry Bell.

Detectives Oliver, Isnora and Cooper were indicted but all were found not guilty at trial in 2008.

The city did agree to pay $7 million to Bell's family and his friends injured in the shooting.

Isnora had fought to keep his job but Deputy Commissioner Martin Karopkin ruled after the departmental trial that he be fired. 

A second officer, Michael Carey, was found not guilty.

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