Lost in the racial outcry over the decision to not indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Black petty criminal Eric Garner is the key fact that the attempt to arrest Garner was overseen by a Black female police sergeant.
The Black female police sergeant is not shown in the countless replays in the media of cellphone footage that showed white male police officers confronting and taking down Garner but she is said to be seen in the video.
From a police report reported by PIX11 in July, the sergeant’s name appears to be Kizzy Adoni.
“Another female sergeant, Kizzy Adoni, made a similar statement in the report. She “believed she heard” Garner say he was having difficulty breathing. Adoni also said “The perpetrator’s condition did not seem serious and he did not appear to get worse.””
There is no mention of Adoni in a Google News search of the latest reports on the Garner decision.
There are very few mentions at all that a Black female sergeant oversaw the attempted arrest of Garner.
NBC News in New York reported the sergeants at the scene were offered immunity for their testimony before the grand jury.
“Pantaleo is the only NYPD member facing possible indictment. Others at the scene, including two sergeants, were offered immunity for their testimony to the grand jury.”
Denis Hamill wrote at the New York Daily News that a federal civil rights case will likely be scuttled by the presence and oversight of Pantaleo’s actions by the Black female sergeant–who did not intervene in the attempted arrest.
“Pantaleo who applied the lethal chokehold on Eric Garner was supervised by an African-American female NYPD sergeant.
“Having that black sergeant in charge of that crime scene takes race out of the equation. As awful as Pantaleo’s actions appear on that video, at no time does that black sergeant order Pantaleo to stop choking Garner.
…”Any chance of a federal civil rights case will be hampered by that African-American police sergeant’s presence.”
Does Attorney General Eric Holder know?
He just opened a civil rights investigation on Eric Garner’s death.