Yesha Callahan

NYPD Charged Black Female Sergeant In Eric Garner Death Investigation, But Not Cop Who Choked Him to Death

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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.

  1. January 9, 2016 - Reply

    Fuck this bullshit. The officer who had his arms around the man, was aware enough to stop but he chose to carry it on. If your going to charge her, charge every cop that was there and and on top of him, they knew they were in the wrong. Yeah I can believe black people still want to be heroic and implement the law on others, when the american justice system is not the same for black people in the US as it for white US citizens.

  2. January 9, 2016 - Reply

    To me it looks like she’s the “fall guy “

    • January 10, 2016 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      This is exactly what it looks like Mary. It makes no sense you are charging her but not the actual officer who killed Eric Garner.

    • January 11, 2016 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      YES, the one that actually did the atrocity should have been charged, very suspect . . .

      • January 11, 2016 - Reply

        @BlackGlamour

        I agree Glamour.

        • January 11, 2016 - Reply

          @Ajavee

          it makes no sense, they r trying to save face by holding anyone accountable after the fact, spin the wheel and bingo, lets charge the black cop. Crazy!!

          • January 11, 2016 - Reply

            @BlackGlamour

            It is flabbergasting indeed Sister.

            • January 11, 2016 - Reply

              @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

              sure doesn’t!

              • January 11, 2016 - Reply

                @BlackGlamour

                I do believe that they or the authorities are trying to save face. I hope that things change during the future

                • January 11, 2016 - Reply

                  @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                  yes; we all are on the same page (if she’s to be charged the responsible party needs to be as well)!!

    • January 11, 2016 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      Yes Mary the black female sergeant gets the blame.

  3. January 9, 2016 - Reply

    Adonis is the “sacrificial lamb”. I agree that she should be held accountable but a disagree with the fact that Pantaleo, the cop that murdered Mr Garner, is still actively with the NYPD, with no pending charges period!
    This is a biased, bs move by Bratton who by the way has quietly announced his retirement. Ironically, Adonis was promoted to Sergeant about 6 months prior to the Garner death. My question is, did a few cops or top brass in her precinct have a problem with a black woman, 14 yr veteran and clean record getting the promotion? (rhetorical)

    • January 9, 2016 - Reply

      @Chazz A

      Chazz not to mention the actual murderer cop (who waved at the camera and laughed afterwards) has received 24/7 police protection because he claimed he and family received death threats (which i doubt).. So some of my tax dollars are being used to “protect” this thug.

      • January 9, 2016 - Reply

        @vintage3000

        No doubt, Vintage3000. For us to have to foot the bill to protect this POS is an injustice in itself! Pix did a report that a witness allegedly heard Adonis say something like “let up, let up, you got him”, to Pantaleo as he was choking Mr Garner. He apparently ignored that order. He also has a list of substantiated misconduct violations and the CCRB needs to release them to public record.

        • January 10, 2016 - Reply

          @Chazz A

          well in that case if she told him to let up she did her job and should not be charged but Chazz A this goes deeper than this I warned y’all when they were rejoicing the demise of others black men and like Cosby [charging someone on word of month alone, without concrete or physical evidence], I warn them to be careful what you wish for because it might come back to bite us in the @$$, I think this and the case with the black Baltimore cops is one of these cases, see we are not the ones who is do the charging and once we naively help our enemy push people into setting “precedents” then the wise wicket among them will use it against us all including our women, and in this case against a black women..

          • January 14, 2016 - Reply

            @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

            that my only point. she could have stopped this because she was in charge.

        • January 10, 2016 - Reply

          @Chazz A

          I didnt know that-If thats the case then why isnt he in trouble for at least ignoring his superior? So he can use an illegal choke hold AND ig his superior and not only never get charged, but he has never lost one day’s pay while this Black woman takes the heat. Pure madness.

          Currently there is an Asian nypd cop on trial for shooting and killing a young unarmed Black man last year, you know the one who was shot in his stairwell? The Asian cop was instructed not to draw his gun but he did anyway, and shot the first person who simply opened the door in the stairway. There seemed to be no hesitation to charge him, though.. And the sickening irony is that there are asians (including politicians) who are pissed because they feel he is a scapegoat because he is Asian (even though he admitted to the crime-plus the fact that instead of calling 911 he called his UNION REP first). The mindset of these Asians is basically since all these white cops are not being charged in these killings of unarmed Black people, an Asian cop should not be charged either. Someone should just officially say there are different rules for white cops so we can move on from there. And these thugs had the nerve to get mad at DiBlasio for telling the truth.

          • January 10, 2016 - Reply

            @vintage3000

            What did DiBlasio say?

            • January 10, 2016 - Reply

              @Anonin

              He said that he and his wife have taught their son (who is Black) that he should be careful around cops and to be mindful if he is ever approached by them because of racial profiling. Basically the same talk most Black families have with their kids, and he mentioned that as well. And he said it all in a very diplomatic manner.

              The nypd union leader pat lynch (a slimy worm) hollered that Di Blasio created a hostile environment for NYC cops and now the poor dears dont feel safe doing their jobs because of all this violent anti-cop talk . Cuz of course no one is upset about one of his cops choking a man to death and laughing about it. When those two officers were murdered in Brooklyn last year, lynch blamed the murders on DiBlasio and said “he has blood on his hands”. When DiBlasio spoke at the funeral for one of the cops at least hundreds of white nyc cops (and probably some POC also) turned their backs while he was talking. The childishness of these so called adults was incredible.

              Funny thing is plenty white people who arent even cops have the nerve to be offended by his comments also, and we know its the same ones who use the n word pretending to be shocked at any claim of racism.

              • January 10, 2016 - Reply

                @vintage3000

                oooh I see. yeah i remember when they reported about the cops turning their backs. goes to show their true nature as the keyholders of ‘order and protection’

              • January 10, 2016 - Reply

                @vintage3000

                That’s why they did that disrespectful turning there backs on him when he spoke at that policemen’s funeral. That was so ignorant and disgraceful.

                • January 11, 2016 - Reply

                  @Mary Burrell

                  Especially since the family of the cop whose funeral was second specifically asked them not to turn their backs.

                  • January 11, 2016 - Reply

                    @Jo 'Mama' Besser

                    Good Afternoon Sister.

                    The cops, who turned their backs, acted very evil. They didn’t even have the decency to respect the wishes of the family of the cop. They did near mutiny in NYC. The mayor have shown a lot of leave way, because if I was mayor and if that liar Lynch said that I had blood on my hands, then I would use a lot of more language on live TV that would be historic and very real. Patrick Lynch is a person who is lower than low.

                    • January 11, 2016 - Reply

                      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                      Historic language, ha!

                      • January 11, 2016 - Reply

                        @Jo 'Mama' Besser

                        I feel you Sister.

          • January 10, 2016 - Reply

            @vintage3000

            If there is any validity to the witness over hearing Adonis ordering Pantaleo to stop, then he should be arrested, no question.
            I remember the Asian cop that killed the young man and that case was very bizarre. He was patrolling the Pink Houses PJs over in East NY, a rough hood no doubt.
            The bizarre thing is he and his partner stood there arguing over who will report the shooting , as the brother was bleeding to death! They let that brother bleed out in the hallway like a dog!
            He wasn’t even a thug cat and was unarmed, he took two steps out of his doorway and the damn cop shot him!
            The Asian was a rookie and should not have been assigned to one of the most dangerous PJs in BK, in my opinion! I don’t think he knew what the eff he was doing!

          • January 11, 2016 - Reply

            @vintage3000

            DeBlasio was telling the truth indeed.

    • January 10, 2016 - Reply

      @Chazz A

      I agree with you.

  4. January 9, 2016 - Reply

    She was the supervising officer at the scene. This is why she’s been charged and she deserves to be charged. She’s not a “fall guy.” Black folks are real funny when Black women do shady shit. Most Black folks won’t call out Black women.

    • January 9, 2016 - Reply

      @Kamala Jones

      If they are charging her and not the cop who choked Mr. Garner then yes, she is the fall guy.

      • January 9, 2016 - Reply

        @vintage3000

        She was the supervisor therefore the cop who did the choking was acting as her agent. She in essence was choking Eric Garner.

        • January 9, 2016 - Reply

          @Kamala Jones

          BS. Your hatred of Black women does not translate to an ability to distort reality. Come back when you find something in the law that says “in essence”.

          • January 9, 2016 - Reply

            @vintage3000

            No hatred of Black women on my part. But, I do call out no good Black women like I call out no good Black men.

            And, a principal (supervisor in this case) is held legally responsible for the acts of an agent (the cop who choked Eric Garner). By the way, I’m a lawyer.

            • January 9, 2016 - Reply

              @Kamala Jones

              If you are a lawyer then maybe you can explain how this murderer cop has not been charged.

              EVERY cop involved who stood by and did not stop pantaleo should be charged. And that includes the cop who physically put his hands on Mr. Garner.

              • January 9, 2016 - Reply

                @vintage3000

                Because cops have legal immunities. That’s why it’s so hard to get a cop to trial and hard to get a conviction on a cop. If a suspect is resisting which Eric Garner (even verbally resisting is enough) was arguably doing a cop can subdue that suspect even with a chokehold that isn’t sanctioned by that police department. Cop unions argue they need these immunities to do their jobs and no politician is going to challenge cop unions who wants to be reelected for a group of people who don’t even have a lobby group dedicated to fighting for their political interests.

                • January 9, 2016 - Reply

                  @Kamala Jones

                  so basically corrupted protection that wont be extended to the woman?

                  • January 9, 2016 - Reply

                    @Anonin

                    You still believe this woman is being made a scapegoat? Damn. You are so indoctrinated in believing Black people are victims especially Black women. Some Black people are protected by powerful institutions such as this woman. This woman won’t serve any jail time and if she’s fired she will likely be able to get another job as a cop in another city. This woman isn’t about to serve time like Laquisha.

                    • January 9, 2016 - Reply

                      @Kamala Jones

                      I asked for re-clarification of your explanation not a gross rant over black people and women. Nevermind then.

                      • January 10, 2016 - Reply

                        @Anonin

                        You all have made a victim out of a Black woman who oversaw the murder of a Black man. If you’re the supervisor you’re responsible for the acts of your underlings. The end. You all know it yet you want to deny it. Ridiculous. Liberal Whites have suckered Black folks in this case Black women again.

                        • January 10, 2016 - Reply

                          @Kamala Jones

                          Who on this thread is saying the supervisor wasn’t culpable for the action of her charge? No one is saying she shouldn’t be held accountable, but she shouldn’t be the ONLY one held accountable. How can you justify her being punished when the man who actually choked Eric gets a slap on the wrist? It makes no sense, Kamala. You keep talking Black and White. This isn’t a Black/White issue except for the fact that a Black woman is being charged, and a White man (the actually KILLER) isn’t. It’s just that simple.

                          • January 10, 2016 - Reply

                            @Noirluv45

                            You know legally if you’re a parent you’re responsible for injurious acts your child may cause unless the child has been emancipated. This situation is similar. She’s the supervisor therefore the brunt of the blame is on her.

                            • January 10, 2016 - Reply

                              @Kamala Jones

                              That’s not true, Kamala. In many states, the parent is NOT responsible for the child’s action(s) UNLESS the parent was negligent. Kamala, perhaps you’ve never heard of personal accountability. Just because someone does something doesn’t mean others are responsible, even if said others are parents, bosses, guardians, etc. Your arguments aren’t making sense, so because of that, I’m not wasting my time.

                      • January 10, 2016 - Reply

                        @Anonin

                        There’s nothing to re-clarify.

                    • January 9, 2016 - Reply

                      @Kamala Jones

                      Still want to claim you aren’t posting more anti Black women comments, but you still have not explained why this woman is NOT a scapegoat. Probably excited to see her arrested.

                      Also who is “Laquisha”, which article did you read, “Kamala”?

                      • January 10, 2016 - Reply

                        @vintage3000

                        Bingo. This person Kamala is very fragrant with his misogynoir. There are many Sisters with the names of Laquisha, etc who live exemplar lives and they are helping their communities.

                        • January 10, 2016 - Reply

                          @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                          I would also add noxious because misogynoir stinks.

                          • January 10, 2016 - Reply

                            @Mary Burrell

                            Preach Sister. We have a male killer getting away with his crime.

                      • January 11, 2016 - Reply

                        @vintage3000

                        I saw that “Laquisha” jab.

                        • January 11, 2016 - Reply

                          @Ajavee

                          Me too Sister. In real life, I know people who are named Kesha, Marquisha, etc. who are hard workers, strong people, and have upright character.

                          • January 11, 2016 - Reply

                            @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                            I do too. I dislike generalizations based upon someone’s name and or background.

                            • January 11, 2016 - Reply

                              @Ajavee

                              Anyone who makes a negative generalization against a black woman by virtue of her name (or for any reason for that matter) is wrong, embraces misogynoir, and is just plain repulsive. You’re absolutely right Sister. The haters will not stop us. Our souls are aligned with justice and we will stand up for what’s right. We will speak up for the oppressed. Doing that makes our black ancestors proud.

                              • January 11, 2016

                                @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                                Exactly brother.

                              • January 11, 2016

                                @Ajavee

                                Thank you Sister.

                        • January 11, 2016 - Reply

                          @Ajavee

                          mf tried to be slick, didn’t he?

                          • January 11, 2016 - Reply

                            @vintage3000

                            Yes I caught that.

                    • January 9, 2016 - Reply

                      @Kamala Jones

                      Kamala, your overall argument is crapola! If the woman is charged as an “acting agent,” but yet protected by the police fraternity, then the officer DOING THE ACTION should be arrested as well. Of course, I don’t hear the intense rant regarding the man who choked Eric, which proves what’s being claimed about you: You are anti-Black woman. If you are, just admit it instead of using this incident as a means to demean the sister.

                      • January 10, 2016 - Reply

                        @Noirluv45

                        “Acting agent?” Where are you getting that language? I never said anything of the sort. Why should I be upset with the cop who choked Eric Garner if his supervising officer on the scene is escaping culpability let some Black women on Clutch tell it?

                        • January 10, 2016 - Reply

                          @Kamala Jones

                          Perhaps I mistook this statement, “She was the supervisor therefore the cop who did the choking was ACTING AS HER AGENT (emphasis mine). She in essence was choking Eric Garner.”

                          Why wouldn’t you be upset at the man who actually CHOKED Eric Garner, but have contempt for his supervisor? You’re anger is misplaced, Kamala.

                          • January 10, 2016 - Reply

                            @Noirluv45

                            Preach Sister.

                            • January 10, 2016 - Reply

                              @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                              Thanks brother, Truth.

                              • January 10, 2016

                                @Noirluv45

                                You’re Welcome Sister. That is why I do believe in changing these unfair laws that harm our communities. We believe in truth and we are not backing down from our core convictions. 2016 is here and we will continue to oppose police terrorism.

                • January 9, 2016 - Reply

                  @Kamala Jones

                  “Because cops have legal immunities.”

                  And Adonis is a cop in a union, who has been arrested for this man’s death, when she did not lay a hand on him. Explain that one.

                • January 15, 2016 - Reply

                  @Kamala Jones

                  Spot on Kamala. And, let’s not forget about all police officers Bill of Rights, which makes it virtually impossible to indict a police officer.

          • January 10, 2016 - Reply

            @vintage3000

            Teach Sister.

  5. January 9, 2016 - Reply

    Black? Check
    Oh shit female? Check
    We’ve got ourselves a *fallguy* even if it’s a woman

  6. January 9, 2016 - Reply

    These black officers may finally learn. Just because you serve them that doesn’t mean you’re white. When they are finally forced to throw an officer under the bus it will either be a black person, asian, hispanic or woman. Bonus if they can get multiple categories in one. I mean I just don’t see how you could work next to someone who thinks you’re subhuman and that you KNOW is murdering black people. Self-loathing is horrific.

  7. January 10, 2016 - Reply

    No words can describe my feelings about this action. I feel outrage at this reality of the epidemic of police terrorism in the world. The actual murderer is made free and our taxpayer dollars fund this male murderer for the rest of his life. This obvious double standard proves that the police institution is filled with corruption. A murderer killed an unarmed black man and there is no real accountability here. The family of Eric Garner deserves much more respect than this. Laws must be changed, so cops who murder our people won’t have immunities. Also, the sergeant never put a finger on Garner. If she ought to be held accountable, then that male murderer must be charged. This decision was not made to promote democratic values. It was created by the authorities to promote the great allusion of “accountability.” This is not justice. It is a slap in the face to black people and to freedom loving people in general. As others have mentioned here, she is the fall person or the sacrificial lamb. Black women have been scapegoats for a long time. That piece of work Pantaleo should never be respected. The NYPD has brutalized black people for so long. Bratton is one architect of the reactionary policing policies in NYC too. Enough is Enough.

    RIP Eric Garner.

  8. January 10, 2016 - Reply

    Are these people trying to cause a riot? Interesting that the person charged is black & the white guy is flying under the radar. Shameful. Disgraceful.

  9. January 10, 2016 - Reply

    since Adonis was/is the superior present at the scene, as everyone involved in this case is/was aware of at the time; and, after all of the ongoing publicity and push for answers, Adonis is now the person thrown up front and being held responsible — not the white boy — he was just doing his job — under Adonis. every law enforcement official is/was aware of this fact all along.

  10. January 10, 2016 - Reply

    The American justice system at it’s best They both should be charged

  11. January 11, 2016 - Reply

    Can’t say I feel sorry for her. She was over the scene when a man got choked to death and did nothing so why are y’all defending her? She’ll get off like all the rest soon as the media dies down. Black cops are just as bad and sometime worse.

    • January 14, 2016 - Reply

      @Mr logical guy

      exactly all this marching and tax dollar lawsuit money because she got issues with black men????

  12. January 13, 2016 - Reply

    If she was the supervisor on the scene that didn’t stop her underlings from choking a black man out she deserves that. She allowed herself to be the fall guy.

  13. January 14, 2016 - Reply

    Its an embarrassment to our community knowing that she was the sargeant in charge and on the scene when Eric Garner was being choked and didn’t command the officers from choking him. She was in charge that day and should be held responsible.

  14. January 14, 2016 - Reply

    This is misdirection. The charge will not stick. It was not designed to stick. This is smoke and mirrors. The purpose is to imply that they are taking action when in fact they are moving forward with a case that will not be successful, but they can say play the game and say they were trying to hold someone accountable. Even if she is found guilty of failure to supervise, what is the penalty?? a verbal reprimand? A letter in her file.? Give me a break!

  15. January 14, 2016 - Reply

    Hey, she joined opposition and wasn’t vocal when a man was brutally murdered. Standing behind that blue wall of silence. Let that karma set in, we need a code.

  16. January 16, 2016 - Reply

    Her job was to supervise and instead she was more interested in being one of the boys and going along just to get along and they found a way to let everyone else there walk away…so far anyway. She is getting what she deserves and I am a Black (African American) retired cop who actually supervised the people under me and paid the price for it.

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