NYPD Sergeant Involved in Eric Garner Case Gets Stripped of Badge

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 3: A protester holds up Garner's photo while walking on the West Side Highway December 3, 2014 in New York. Protests began after a Grand Jury decided to not indict officer Daniel Pantaleo. Eric Garner died after being put in a chokehold by Pantaleo on July 17, 2014. Pantaleo had suspected Garner of selling untaxed cigarettes. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

NYPD Sergeant Involved in Eric Garner Case Gets Stripped of Badge

Sgt. Kizzy Adonis was penalized for "failure to supervise."

Published January 9, 2016

A New York City police sergeant recently had her badge and gun confiscated in connection to the 2014 chokehold murder of Eric Garner.

According to the L.A. Times, NYPD Sgt. Kizzy Adonis has been placed on modified duty after four counts of "failure to supervise," an internal disciplinary sanction, were brought against her during an internal investigation. The Associated Press reports that it is just the first charge of wrongdoing in the case.

Adonis, who was not part of the team out investigating the day that Garner was killed, was one of the supervising officers at the scene of his death on Staten Island where he was arrested on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. Sgt. Adonis, an African-American woman, heard the radio call and responded to the scene from a nearby location.

Sgt. Ed Mullins, the head of Adonis' union, deemed the charge absurd and unjust: "She didn't have to go there — she chose to go there to help out and look what happens," he said before adding that Commissioner William Bratton is to blame, and not Adonis. "This incident stems from failed policies that ultimately led to the death of Eric Garner."

Take a look at Eric Garner's daughter speaking on continuing to fight for her late father in the video, below:

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(Photo: Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

Written by Moriba Cummings


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