Kawaski Trawick’s Mother Responds to Bronx DA Report & Demands Immediate Firing of NYPD Officers Who Killed Trawick
Trawick Family & Advocates Demand Bronx DA Release All Relevant Investigatory Files and Call on Mayor de Blasio & NYPD to Fire Officers Brendan Thompson and Herbert Davis
shot and killed my son. Neither officer gave any aid while my son lay dying on the floor. If Thompson and Davis had treated Kawaski like a human being, he would be alive today. Because of the failure of the Bronx DA to indict these officers, I’m focused today on fighting to make sure that Mayor de Blasio and the NYPD fire Thompson and Davis because the way they killed my son makes them a clear danger to New Yorkers.
Ellen Trawick went on to criticize the Bronx DA’s office’s biased summary of events: “The Bronx DA’s office dragged their feet on this investigation for a year and a half, mistreating my family and me along the way. It’s outrageous that they made us wait three more months after they publicly announced that they wouldn't indict, for a report written in a biased way that summarizes the incident by reiterating NYPD talking points instead of highlighting the multiple problems with the officers’ actions and failures, including killing my son within two minutes while they escalated the incident every step of the way. The DA’s delays make it even harder now for my family to fight to ensure these officers are fired,” said Ellen Trawick, mother of Kawaski Trawick.
“After more than a year and a half, the District Attorney’s office chose not to indict in this case and has released a biased report that has a slant by way of omissions, which clouds the air of transparency. We need the media and public to be critical readers and thinkers when reviewing this report, and to watch the video in totality,” said Royce Russell, attorney for Kawaski Trawick’s family. “Since the DA is not pursuing this case further, I fully expect the DA’s office to act in good faith with humanity being at the forefront of their intentions – and the best way to do that at this stage is through full transparency and by releasing all relevant documents and reports to the family of Kawaski Trawick so that this family has the tools to seek accountability and justice for the killing of Kawaski.”
“We are outraged at the extent to which this report shows bias to protect Officers Brendan Thompson and Herbert Davis and the NYPD, in an attempt to excuse them from accountability and cover for the fact that the Bronx DA’s office failed the Trawick family and Bronx residents,” said Loyda Colon, Justice Committee Co-Director. “These are further injustices done to Kawaski Trawick's family, on top of the NYPD's unnecessary murder of their son. To add insult to injury, this report and decision comes after the DA's office spent more than a year and a half dragging their feet on their investigation and mistreating the Trawick family. This whole time, Officers Thompson and Davis – who chose to escalate their encounter with Mr. Trawick despite there being no need – have continued to collect City paychecks and pose a threat to New Yorkers. We stand with the Trawick family in their demand that Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Shea not replicate the failure of the Bronx DA and instead immediately fire the officers who killed Kawaski Trawick.”
“Kawaski Trawick was a Black queer man who was gunned down by police in his home, where he should have been safe,” said Ileana Méndez-Peñate, spokesperson for Communities United for Police Reform. “What’s clear from the video and facts of this case is that the NYPD unnecessarily interacted with and escalated their interaction with Kawaski, taking just seconds to tase and kill him in his own home. Mayor de Blasio likes to claim that his NYPD has been reformed, but what’s clear is that more than a year and a half later there has been zero accountability for the reckless killing of Kawaski Trawick. Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Shea should take this moment to prove that they will hold officers accountable by immediately moving to fire Officers
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