N. Y. cop ac­cused in Garner chok­ing

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new york » Asergeant has been stripped of her gun and badge and charged in­ter­nally in the July 2014 choke­hold death of Eric Garner, the first of­fi­cial ac­cu­sa­tion of wrong­do­ing in the case that helped spark a na­tional move­ment on the role of race in polic­ing.

New York Po­lice Depart­ment Sgt. Kizzy Ado­nis was one of the su­per­vis­ing of­fi­cers at the scene of Garner’s death on Staten Is­land dur­ing an ar­rest on sus­pi­cion of sell­ing loose, un­taxed cig­a­rettes. She was not part of the team out in­ves­ti­gat­ing that day but heard the ra­dio call and was nearby and re­sponded to the scene. Ado­nis is black, and so was Garner.

Of­fi­cials said Fri­day that Ado­nis was charged with fail­ure to su­per­vise, an in­ter­nal dis­ci­plinary sanc­tion. Sgt. Ed Mullins, the head of her union, called the charge ridicu­lous and political.

“She didn’t have to go there — she chose to go there to help out, and look what hap­pens,” he said, adding it was-Com­mis­sioner Wil­liam Brat­ton, not Ado­nis, who is to blame. “This in­ci­dent stems from failed poli­cies that ul­ti­mately led to the death of Eric Garner.”

Garner, an asth­matic father of six, was seen yelling, “I can’t breathe!” 11 times be­fore los­ing con­scious­ness.

No one has been charged crim­i­nally. Of­fi­cer Daniel Pan­ta­leo, who is white and who ap­plied the hold, re­mains on desk duty.

A grand jury re­fused to in­dict him on crim­i­nal charges. The choke­hold is banned un­der NYPD pol­icy.

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