More than a year after Eric Garner was choked to death on a sidewalk in Staten Island, New York, a police officer is finally being held accountable for his death–only not the one who applied the fatal chokehold.
Friday, the NYPD announced it had placed Sergeant Kizzy Adonis on modified duty while she faces four counts of “failure to supervise” during the tragic encounter.
The New York Daily News reports:
Adonis, a 14-year NYPD veteran, was one of the supervising officers at the scene of Garner’s death during his arrest 18 months ago for selling illegal loose cigarettes.
Adonis told investigators “the perpetrator’s condition did not seem serious and that he did not appear to get worse,” according to an internal report by the NYPD.
But Adonis also said that she “believed she heard the perpetrator state that he was having difficulty breathing.”
Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, called the charges against Adonis “bullshit.”
“It’s a bullshit political charge, and Commissioner Bratton is pandering,” he said. “That’s exactly what that is … Although he is the commissioner, I believe he has overstepped his bounds in this case.”
Adonis is the only officer to face departmental charges so far. Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the man who placed Garner in the fatal chokehold, has been on modified duty since the incident, but has yet to face any disciplinary actions.