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Black woman police sergeant watched Eric Garner die

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Kizzy Adonis with union members. The NYPD has striped her of her badge and gun
Kizzy Adonis (center) with union members. The NYPD has striped her of her badge and gun.

by Frederick H. Lowe

Kizzy Adonis, a black New York City Police sergeant who was at the scene of the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner that sparked anti-police demonstrations across the country, has been stripped of her badge and gun because she did not intervene to stop his brutal death by a patrolman, an internal police investigation found.

Adonis, who is shown in a photograph with her back to the camera, is standing behind Daniel Pantaleo as he places Garner in an illegal chokehold that kills him.

Struggling for his life, the 43-year-old Garner screams, “I can’t breathe.” Garner’s brutal death was filmed by a bystander who was later arrested. Police arrested Garner for selling loose or untaxed cigarettes.

It was determined that Adonis, a supervising sergeant, failed to supervise, according to CBS New York. Adonis was promoted to sergeant two weeks before Garner’s death.

She is the first officer to face formal department charges in the Garner’s death, which occurred on July 17, 2014.

A New York grand jury acquitted Pantaleo of all charges in Garner’s death. Pantaleo has a history of brutalizing black men. He remains on the job.

 

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