Police Union Speaks Out Against NYPD Supervisor’s Discipline In Garner Case

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August 22, 2019 - 2:21 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The Sergeants Benevolent Association on Thursday spoke out against the decision to strip a police supervisor of vacation time to settle a disciplinary case stemming from the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner.

NYPD Sgt. Kizzy Adonis is accused of failing to properly supervise officers when she arrived at the scene of Garner’s death after he was already unconscious.

“Sgt. Adonis never failed to supervise. She did her job, she did exactly what she trained to do. She was in simple terms, sacrificed by then Commissioner Bratton and ordered to off-set public pressure. We believe the NYPD disciplinary system is unfair,” said SBA President Ed Mullins.

He notes that Adonis was not even there when the fatal chokehold occurred, she was the junior supervisor at the scene and was instructed to leave by higher ups.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill signed off on a punishment Wednesday under which Adonis will lose 20 vacation days. The result of her disciplinary case was not made public because of a law restricting the public release of information regarding officer discipline.

The announcement was made just days after the firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was accused of using unnecessary force and placing Garner in a chokehold during the 2014 incident.

“Our job is to keep everybody in this city safe. My job is to keep all 8.6 million New Yorkers safe. My job is to keep all 36,000 cops safe. The message is that there’s accountability in the NYPD,” Commissioner O’Neill said on CBS This Morning.  

Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, tells CBS2, she still wants the NYPD to do more to get justice for her son.

“We have other officers that we have to go after. When you have heard the names, we know the wrong doing that they have done,” she said.

The city also paid Garner's family a $5.9 million settlement in 2015.