Closing arguments are expected to begin Wednesday afternoon in the departmental trial of two city police officers involved in the Sean Bell shooting.
Officer Michael Carey and Detective Gescard Isnora both testified that they acted in the interests of their own safety when they and three other policemen shot and killed the unarmed man outside a Queens strip club in 2006.
For the first time, lawyers for the NYPD have called the shooting "unjustified."
The officers are accused of violating departmental guidelines in the shooting, and if convicted, could lose their jobs.
Isnora was previously acquitted of criminal charges, but Carey never faced criminal charges.