A New York City police sergeant has been stripped of her gun and badge in connection with the July 2014 death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old black Staten Island man who died after police to administered an [illegal] choke hold.
The case was one in a string that drew nationwide protests and called attention to the issue of alleged police misconduct. The refrain “I can’t breathe,” said by the asthmatic Garner to police at least 11 times as police held him to the ground and before he died, became a rallying cry for protesters who claim a pattern of misconduct by law enforcement against black men.
Sgt. Kizzy Adonis has been subject to disciplinary charges, according to the NYPD. Officials said Friday that Adonis, who is black, was charged with failure to supervise, an internal charge.
In an internal NYPD report referenced widely in the media, Adonis is quoted as saying, “the perpetrator’s condition did not seem serious and … he did not appear to get worse.”
Adonis was a supervising officer on the scene when police approached Garner on a Staten Island street under suspicion of selling untaxed, loose cigarettes [which he was NOT actually doing, FYI].
The Garner family did not immediately respond to an email sent to one of its members Friday night.