Justice for Kawaski Trawick

On April 14, 2019, 32-year-old Kawaski Trawick, a Black queer man, was locked out of his apartment at Hill House in the Bronx. The fire department let him into his apartment. By the time NYPD officers Brendan Thompson and Herbert Davis arrived, Kawaski was already back in his apartment cooking. Officer Davis broke the chain off his door to illegally gain entry into his home. Kawaski asked the officers, “Why are you in my home?” and told them, “I’m cooking.” The officers repeatedly escalated the incident. Thompson and Davis shouted orders at him and refused to answer Kawaski’s questions. Thompson tased him without cause and then shot and killed Kawaski within 112 seconds of their arrival.

The NYPD sensationalized that Kawaski was holding a bread knife to justify shooting him; however, he held a knife because he was cooking in his home. Only one officer, Brendan Thompson, had his body-worn camera. The NYPD refused to release complete, unedited footage of the incident for almost two years – only releasing unedited footage to a legal organization, following a FOIL request. In December 2020, the NYPD released a selectively edited and incomplete video of the killing. Officers on the scene can be heard saying, “Nobody, just a perp” immediately after Kawaski’s killing in response to an officer asking if anyone was injured. It is also clear from footage that Thompson and Davis did not directly provide care to Kawaski after he was shot.

In April 2021, it was made public through a ProPublica report that the NYPD found “no wrongdoing” n the NYPD killing of Kawaski Trawick. Kawaski’s family found out about the refusal to discipline Thompson and Davis through the news media.


The CCRB substantiated charges against officer Brendan Thompson and Herbert Davis including abuse of authority for entering Kawaski’s home, failing to obtain medical treatment, use of force against Kawaski, and pointing and firing a gun at Kawaski.  The family is calling on the NYPD to immediately schedule disciplinary trials for the officers.

Help uplift the demands of Kawaski’s Family: 

  • Demand the NYPD schedule the discipline trials for NYPD Officers Brendan Thompson and Herbert Davis. 
  • Demand the Mayor and the NYPD fire Officers Brendan Thompson and Herbert Davis

News on Kawaski Trawick

UPDATE Police Commissioner Determines “No Crime” by Officers Involved in Shooting of Kawaski Trawick

Norwood News

Police Commissioner Edward A. Caban has determined that the two NYPD officers involved in the fatal shooting of Kawaski Trawick on April 14, 2019, inside his supportive housing apartment located at at 1616 Grand Avenue in the Morris Heights section of The Bronx, acted within the law in relation to their actions leading up to what was described by police as “the 32-year-old man’s tragic death.”


NYPD officers involved in fatal shooting of gay Black man Kawaski Trawick won't be disciplined

The New York City Police Department, led by Commissioner Edward Caban, has decided not to discipline the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Kawaski Trawick, a 32-year-old Black gay man, inside his Bronx apartment five years ago, prompting outrage at the department and New York City Mayor Eric Adams. The decision not to impose disciplinary action came after the NYPD concluded that the officers, Brendan Thompson and Herbert Davis, “acted within the law” during the incident.

New Yorkers Express Outrage over Kawaski Trawick Decision, Rally to Prevent More Killings by NYPD

In light of Mayor Adams and NYPD Commissioner Edward Cabán’s decision not to fire NYPD officers who killed Kawaski Trawick, New Yorkers rallied to prevent future killings.
– The family of 19-year-old Win Rozario, killed by the NYPD in March, joined the rally – 


Today, families of New Yorkers killed by the NYPD, youth and racial justice organizations, elected officials and others rallied at Foley Square – outraged by the recent decision not to discipline either officer who killed 32-year-old Kawaski Trawick– and demanded immediate changes to reduce the NYPD’s outsized power and prevent

Family, Advocates & Elected Officials Express Outrage at Decision Not to Fire Officers Who Killed Kawaski Trawick in His Own Home

Demand Answers Regarding Reports of Retirement of One Cop before Discipline Decision & reforms to prevent future cover-ups and delays in discipline of NYPD who kill

Today, Justice Committee, Communities United