Eric Garner's mom 'disgusted and outraged' over decision to only dock vacation days from NYPD sergeant who oversaw arrest

Juliet Papa
August 21, 2019 - 1:44 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The NYPD sergeant who oversaw Eric Garner's 2014 arrest on Staten Island will not face a departmental trial since she pleaded guilty. Had she pleaded not guilty, there would have been a trial.

"This disciplinary case was adjudicated," Assistant Commissioner Devora Kaye confirmed in a statement Wednesday.

The announcement about Sgt. Kizzy Adonis marked the conclusion of the department's action related to Garner's death.

Adonis -- who was a newly-promoted sergeant at the time  -- will be docked 20 vacation days, though, for failing to properly supervising Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was fired this week.

The outcome was slammed by Garner's mother, Gwen Carr: "I'm not one bit surprised but I am outraged and disgusted by how the de Blasio administration and the NYPD continue to show that they don't care about the murder of my son or Black lives," she said in a statement. "Sgt. Adonis has had charges pending for years. It's disgraceful that they waited more than 5 years until after Pantaleo was fired to cut her a deal so that all she's facing is losing some vacation days and they want us to accept these crumbs as if there is some justice."

She added, "By refusing to schedule a disciplinary trial for Adonis, de Blasio and the NYPD are actively participating in an ongoing cover-up because they don't want the public to know how deep, how wide and how high the wrongdoing in this case went. Their actions are disgraceful but I am not going to back down. I will continue to fight until the Mayor and NYPD bring disciplinary charges and fire Justin D'Amico, Lt. Christopher Bannon, Craig Furlani, and Mark Ramos - and until they release the names of other officers who engaged in misconduct like illegally leaking sealed records. I'm going to continue to fight because letting these officers stay on the force and continue to be paid by taxpayers is an injustice to Eric and it's dangerous for all New Yorkers.”

Adonis, who has been with the department for 17 years, had no prior disciplinary history and has received positive evaluations in her prior and current assignments.

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill looked into Adonis' supervision of officers under her command that day and concluded that it was lacking in certain areas.

But O'Neill determined that nothing about her actions on that day either caused the use of the banned chokehold or delayed the arrival of medical attention for Garner.