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No accountability for NYPD who killed Kawaski Trawick. Shame!

  • Jose Lopez Co-Executive Director

Five years ago two NYPD officers illegally broke into Kawaski Trawick’s apartment, tased him, and shot him. He died within 112 seconds. ​​​​​​

Late last Friday, just days before the anniversary of his murder, NYPD Commissioner Caban ruled NOT to take any disciplinary action against the officers who killed Kawaski. We are angry and heartbroken, but not surprised at the actions of the NYPD.

Take action. Join us TOMORROW at Foley Square at 5 PM to call out the Mayor and the NYPD’s shameful decision not to fire the cops who killed Kawaski.

Our hearts go out to Kawaski’s loved ones, who had been waiting for answers and accountability for half a decade. The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) recommended both officers who killed him be fired. Yet Mayor Adams didn’t take this common-sense step towards justice.

Kawaski was a beloved Black gay community member who dreamed of being a professional dancer. NYPD Officers Brendan Thompson and Herbert Davis killed him in his home. They made no attempt to administer emergency medical aid, letting Kawaski bleed out on the floor as Officer Davis held the door shut. The NYPD dragged its feet, withheld evidence, and held a sham investigation. Now five years later, we are left with the heartwrenching fact that these officers will face no consequences for killing a member of our community in his own home.

For years, our Black and brown youth have been leading the fight demanding justice for Kawaski Trawick and many other families who have lost loved ones at the hands of the police. Accountability is essential for ensuring that the NYPD is not allowed to continue killing our community with impunity. Just last month, 19-year-old Win Rozario was killed while experiencing emotional distress.

Enough is enough! This Tuesday, April 16th at 5 PM at Foley Square, join us in solidarity with Kawaski’s family, Communities United for Police Reform and Justice Committee, and all of the families impacted by police violence. We will rally to demand the removal of the NYPD from mental health response, and an end to police violence.

We remain committed to keeping up the fight for justice and safety for all Black and brown people, and we will fight until we get the justice we deserve.

In solidarity,

– Jose Lopez, Co-Executive Director