Officer Pantaleo's Sergeant Charged In Eric Garner's Death, Pleads Guilty

The NYPD sergeant facing charges in connection with the death of Eric Garner has made a deal to keep her job.

New York, NY – A New York Police Department (NYPD) sergeant who was facing a departmental trial on charges related to the death of Eric Garner pleaded guilty to failure to supervise.

The New York Daily News reported on Wednesday that sources said NYPD Sergeant Kizzy Adonis had pleaded guilty to failure to supervise and will lose 20 vacation days as punishment.

“That’s actually a huge win,” an NYPD sergeant told Blue Lives Matter. He said the administrative trial court has a reputation for convicting “basically everyone” who goes before it and that the sentence could have been much worse.

NYPD Assistant Commissioner Devora Kaye confirmed that "this disciplinary case was adjudicated," the Queens Patch reported.

On Monday, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill announced that he had taken the administrative trial judge’s recommendation and terminated Officer Daniel Pantaleo in connection with Garner’s death.

Then New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio referenced Sgt. Adonis during a press conference on Tuesday, the New York Post reported.

“At this point, there’s one more trial, and it will also again be a public trial held by the NYPD for one of the sergeants involved,’’ de Blasio told reporters. “That will be concluded this year. That will end all the disciplinary issues being handled by the NYPD.”

Commissioner O’Neill also promised that Sgt. Adonis would be facing trial “soon,” the New York Post reported.

“It’ll be this year, definitely this year,” he said. “It’s a disciplinary case. We have to make sure that we look at all the facts. You have to make sure we have conducted thorough investigation. And then we move forward.”

At her own press conference after the commissioner’s announcement, Garner’s mother called for all the other officers involved in arresting her son to be fired.

“There’s more work we have to do,” Gwen Garner told WPIX on Tuesday morning. “There’s other officers on the force who was involved in my son’s death that day and we have to go after them because they all caused my son’s death – it wasn’t only Pantaleo.”

Garner was arrested by NYPD officers on July 17, 2014, after police stopped him for selling individual, untaxed loose cigarettes on a city sidewalk.

He resisted arrest and fought with officers who struggled to take the 350-pound man into custody.

In the process of subduing Garner, video taken by witnesses showed that Officer Pantaleo had his arm around Garner's neck and pressed his face against the sidewalk.

Garner repeatedly told officers “I can’t breathe,” a phrase that became a rallying cry for Black Lives Matter in the months that followed.

Officer Pantaleo later said he tried to use a “seatbelt maneuver” on Garner, and did not mean to put the much larger man into a chokehold.

Garner lost consciousness on the sidewalk, and died in the hospital an hour later from a medical emergency.

The autopsy report showed no damage to any area of his neck, and it was determined that he died of a medical emergency induced by officers who were arresting him. The medical examiner declared it was a homicide.

A New York Grand Jury declined to indict on any criminal charges.

The federal inquiry dragged on for five years and ended in July with federal prosecutors deciding not to charge Officer Pantaleo.

An administrative trial judge recommended that the officer be terminated for using a chokehold against department policy, and the police commissioner took her recommendation.

Gwen Garner told WPIX that Commissioner O’Neill’s firing of Officer Pantaleo was “a step in the right direction.”

“Justice will come when all the officers stand accountable for their wrongdoing that day,” she said. “Then we can have some sense of justice. And there’s a long way to go with that. We even have Kizzy Adonis who was charged – there was no court date set for her. There is nothing going forward with her.”

Sgt. Adonis arrived on the scene after Garner resisted arrest and was put into handcuffs, according to the New York Daily News.

But despite the fact that Sgt. Adonis was actually seven miles away when the incident occurred, NYPD had charged her with failure to supervise the officers involved in the arrest.

The New York Daily News reported that NYPD said Sgt. Adonis failed to intervene when she arrived and saw Garner already on the ground.

She was officially charged two years before Officer Pantaleo, in January of 2016.

Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins said that NYPD made Sgt. Adonis their “scapegoat,” the New York Daily News reported.

“She was at the borough [office] when it happened,” Mullins said. “What she did was what you’d want any sergeant to do. She took a leadership position and went to the scene.”

He pointed out that none of the other officials who got involved in the incident – a plainclothes anti-crime sergeant, the duty captain, and the platoon commander - have been accused of failure to supervise.

“They all need to lose their jobs,” Gwen Garner told The New York Times.

Police sources said that wouldn’t be happening and that Sgt. Adonis would keep her job, according to the New York Daily News.

The source said that Commissioner O’Neill had concluded “that nothing about her actions on that day either caused the use of the banned chokehold or delayed the arrival of medical attention for Mr. Garner.”

Comments (58)
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JBo
JBo

She was seven miles away when the arrest went down, the arrest was over by the time she arrived and she still got charged? That makes about as much sense as...never mind. NY is doomed.

Defender of the Blue
Defender of the Blue

sacrificing officers to appease the radical criminals is a braindead act.

flybynight
flybynight

Is it possible she had only just arrived at the dumpster fire? Now I will freely admit I haven't been to NYC in 20 years and was not there myself but all a picture proves is she or someone that resembles her was there at sometime. Maybe photo shopped?

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

This proves how the left hates cops. White cops, black cops, male, female, it dorsnt matter. The left hates the blue, the left hates authority, the left embracres chaos. And they want to run the country

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

DISGUSTING! The fat fuck had a criminal history and was COMMITTING a CRIME when he was told he would arrested, HE RESISTED! The only GUILTY party was the FAT FUCK! We are surrendering our society to FILTH.

Ltpar
Ltpar

More piss poor Management by the New York Police Department. Seems like throwing Officer under the bus for doing their jobs has become the rule of the day. Got to get rid of that POS Mayor and then replace the Police Commissioner. My condolences to the men and women who have to work for those scum bags.

tfort
tfort

He should be fired.

A supervisor who is not or is incapable of doing his job, does not be a cop.

They also need to investigate how a cop got to be a supervisor - he admitted he failed at his job.

vwiles34
vwiles34

The ones who need to be on trial are the Mayor and the Police Commissioner. And perhaps that POS mother for raising such a low life who couldn't help but keep breaking the law. And like every other of these low lifes the get up in arms about. Would be just fine if they hadn't have fought with the police. But that's what animals natural response is.

Sailor
Sailor

Liberals purging the Department...very Stalinesque.

Asghaill
Asghaill

You have to be breathing to be able to say “I can’t breathe”.

The medical examiner did as he was told as everyone does in these situations.

Someone had to take the fall to prevent unrest and reduced trust of police. So they fixed the process accordingly.

Police will stop getting involved if this is what happens when they do their job.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

You know why she pled guilty? Because she saw the Kangaroo Court administrative trial that Pantaleo went though, and despite multiple investigations finding no crime was committed by the officer, he was still terminated based on faux political outrage from the city and the police commissioner.

She lost 3 weeks of vacation, but still has her job, her rank, and can put this behind her. She is looking out for her career, and I don't blame her one bit. Based on previous decisions, there was no way she was going to get out of this situation unscathed; the mayor had already made that abundantly clear.

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

I still stand behind officer Pantaleo. His hold didn't physically harm the suspect and yet he was still terminated. Garner's death had everything to do with his poor state of health and his resisting arrest. Unfortunately, he paid the ultimate price for breaking the law, but I don't blame the officers for doing what they did to bring him down.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

They know it’s “safe” to hate police because they know police have rules. Why not Demand for drug dealers to stop selling drugs? Or killers to stop killing people? And I’m taking demand all this BEFORE they get caught by police and not locked up in a cell where they can’t hurt you. You whiners wouldn’t think twice to come out publicly and so “tough” if it were someone other than police. Because if they did, they know that whomever it is, may not give a shit and the consequences could be endless, living in fear for your life because you mouthed off to or about someone who doesn’t play by the rules. They expect police to act a certain way, but yet that standard doesn’t go for these people in positions of government or politics. All the “activists” and “we aren’t going to stand for that” people are scared. That’s why they show up with masks, don’t want people to know who they are, and talk shit and run. I’d like to see protests and rallies and whatever else against a local drug dealer who knows and can find out who you are, maybe a gang member that you might know in your neighborhood who commits crimes or killed someone, or just anyone who has the possibility of finding out who YOU are. I can 100 percent guarantee you won’t because THESE PEOPLE don’t have rules to follow and you’re scared because of just that. These are the people that don’t care about you, your mom, your kids, your families by selling drugs, killing people, ripping off and terrorizing the community. But these are the people police look for everyday. But yet you all want to criticize the police for doing their job just because in your eyes, which has no experience of doing it yourself, thinks it was wrong. Ask the family if he thinks he should have been arrested even. No ones done that, yet right? They’ll probably say “NO” of course. It was a crime that he committed, and he chose to resist knowing he was a health risk by doing so. Police aren’t mind readers, they don’t look at criminals medical files (thanks to the sensitive nature of medical privacy), if you commit a crime, your rights are taken away for the moment, hence the word “arrest”. If you resist, that’s on you. If you die, that’s on you. If you don’t want to die, or get hurt, then DON’T RESIST.