According to reports, Buffalo City officials are moving to restore the pension of a deposed city guard for trying to prevent another officer from using the chokehold.
The Buffalo General Council is asking for another look at the 2006 case of former officer Carriol Horn, who was fired less than a year from her police pension after she jumped into the back of a white policeman holding a black man. In a chokehold, WIVB-TV Report.
“We now have a completely different Attorney General, all over the world, and now the United States is concerned with a different police force, which has a completely different climate and atmosphere and lens,” General Council President Darius Bridgen told the outlet.
“So I think it’s a perfect moment to look back on this case and see if there were civil rights violations.
Horn, a 19-year veteran of the police force in 2006, was caught by a white officer named Gregory Kwiatkowski, a black man named Neil Mack during a police call. Horn intervened and jumped behind Kwiatkowski to stop him. City & State reported.
Buffalo police investigated the incident and said Horn’s actions showed “a lack of professionalism.” The Buffalo News reports At the time.
“His misbehavior with fellow officers shows more than an error in judgment, but the attitude of a person to discharge significant responsibilities of police work is completely inappropriate,” the statement said.
Horn, who will serve 20 years, will be eligible for a state police pension, instead being forced to take odd jobs to support his family.
“So, if you cross that thin blue line, you will be excluded and treated very badly. I don’t want that to happen to anyone else,” Horn told WIVB this week. “So I lost my pension, Neil Mac didn’t lose his life. So, I intervened because Neil Mac still lives today. “
Horn has become a critic of police brutality, and hopes lawmakers will pass laws in his name to protect jumping officers from using excessive force by fellow officers, City & State reports.
The move to restore Horn’s pension was one of three resolutions passed by the council this week following the unrest in the city over the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis last month.
Conclusions Buffalo must implement a “duty to intervene” policy, which empowers police to step in if another officer exercises excessive force, and create a task force to review police policies.
City police have come under fire for clashes with demonstrators, particularly a 75-year-old man who was seriously injured in a June 4 clash with police. The incident, which involved protester Martin Cuzino, led to the accusations against two officers.