Reuters is reporting today that the New York City Police Department has filed NYPD internal disciplinary charges against Sergeant Kizzy Adonis for her role in the confrontation on Staten Island that ended with Eric Garner’s death. Officer Daniel Pantaleo placed Garner in a chokehold that caused him to suffer difficulty breathing resulting in eventual loss of consciousness and death. A state grand jury decided not to charge Pantaleo with a crime.
Although the City of New York settled a wrongful death civil suit filed by Garner’s family for $5.9 million, Sergeant Adonis is the only officer so far who has been accused of wrongdoing. The City declined to specify what the disciplinary charges were. A spokesperson would only say that the charges were filed to prevent a statute of limitations from expiring. Otherwise, The Department of Justice is investigating Garner’s death.
Garner’s death was one of the more egregious deaths. His crime was selling individual cigarettes (loosies), which is a misdemeanor, and he was unarmed. In addition, a few minutes before the police approached and restrained him, he had broken up a fight and persuaded the combatants to separate and move along.