Posted March 4, 2008 – A New York City Police commander testified Friday that he never heard any of the undercover detectives yell “Police!” or “Stop Police!” before hearing a barrage of bullets fired at Sean Bell, who was killed by officers on the eve of his wedding day.
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Lt. Gary Napoli told a State Supreme Court judge that he received a frantic call from Gescard Isnora, a detective assigned undercover at the Kalua Cabaret nightclub in Queens : “It is getting hot, getting hot!” Isnora told him, mentioning that a group of men arguing outside the strip club might have a gun. Napoli said he then told his men to close in.
"I told units to move in to where Jessie is," Napoli , testified, referring to Isnora by his nickname. A few moments later in the early morning hours of Nov. 25, 2006, New York Newsday reports, Napoli said he saw the Nissan Altima Bell was driving speed away from the curb. He said he heard a collision, then shooting, according to Newsday.
When the smoke from 50 bullets settled, Bell , 23, lay dead. Napoli testified for the prosecution during the trial of Isnora, 29, and detectives Michael Oliver, 36, and Marc Cooper, 40.
Isnora and Oliver are facing charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter, plus assault. Cooper is charged with reckless endangerment.
There was never a gun found among Bell or his two friends who were seriously injured by police in the shooting.
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