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Black police sergeant punished for Eric Garner’s death

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New York City police Sgt. Kizzy Adonis

Punishment follows firing of officer Daniel Pantaleo who killed Garner

The New York City Police Department has disciplined Sgt. Kizzy Adonis, supervisor of police officer Daniel Pantaleo who murdered Eric Garner over the sale of loose or untaxable cigarettes.

The department recently fired Pantaleo after he employed a chokehold, ruled illegal by the police department, to murder of Garner in 2014 for selling loose or untaxed cigarettes.

Nearly five years after the deadly confrontation, Pantaleo was fired following a disciplinary trial that ended this summer. The department also took away his pension.

Daniel Pante;lo chokes to death Eric Garner

Sgt. Adonis will remain on the job, but she will lose 20 vacation days as punishment, police said. Garner’s family called the punishment a slap on the wrist. Police unions saw it another way. They voted no confidence in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill.

Adonis, who recently had been promoted to sergeant, was on duty when Pantaleo and other unnamed cops confronted Garner. Pantaleo employed a chokehold to subdue Garner who died after whispering 11 times he could not breathe.

O’Neill found Adonis’ supervisory skills

Daniel Pantaleo

lacking. However, he determined that she did not do anything to cause Garner’s death or to delay the ambulance’s arrival.

After Garner’s death, police placed Adonis on modified duty, taking away her badge and gun.

 

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