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NYPD Charges Officer Who Was Present At Eric Garner's Chokehold Death

The New York City Police Department charged Sgt. Kizzy Adonis with failure to supervise in connection with the 2014 death of Eric Garner.

By Ethan Weston | January 9, 2016

According to police, Sgt. Kizzy Adonis — one of the supervising officers present at Eric Garner's choking death — has been stripped of her gun and badge. (Video via New York Daily News)

Adonis, a 14-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, is being charged with failure to supervise; that's a departmental charge, not a criminal charge.

This is the first departmental charge of wrongdoing since Garner's death in 2014.

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The incident got nationwide attention and set off protests when a video of police putting Garner in a chokehold went public. (Video via YouTube / Bryce Lynch)

Ed Mullins, president of the police union Adonis belongs to, had this to say: "(It) can only be described as political pandering to the anti-police rhetoric that's out there." (Video via WABC)

NYPD can file charges up to 18 months after an incident, so we could see more charges before the Jan. 17 deadline.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

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