A Black, female police officer has been dismissed by the City of Buffalo Police Department after 19 years of service because she tried to stop a fellow officer from choking a man who was already subdued in handcuffs.
On November 1st, 2006, Officer Cariol Horne arrived at the scene of a domestic disturbance to find that another officer, Gregory Kwiatkowski, had already placed one of the suspects, Neal Mack, under arrest.
When she arrived, she was immediately disturbed to see Kwiatkowski repeatedly punching Mack in the face and that even after other intervening officers arrived on the scene to assist Horne in removing Kwiatkowski, he got eventually came back to begin choking Mack.
“Gregory Kwiatkowski turned Neal Mack around and started choking him. So then I’m like, Greg! You’re choking him! I though whatever happened in the house he [Kwiatkowski] was still upset about it so when he didn’t stop choking him I just grabbed his arm from around Neal Mack’s neck,” Horne recounted.
Horne says that’s when Kwiatkowski physically attacked her, “He comes up and punches me in the face and I had to have my bridge replaced,” Horne explained.