Finally, justice was delivered to a former police officer by state Supreme court on Tuesday reinstated the pension of former Buffalo police officer Cariol Horne, who was fired for intervening when a white colleague had a Black man in a chokehold during a 2006 arrest.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced Wednesday Duty to Intervene legislation, also known as “Cariol’s Law,” was signed into law.
The law reiterates “a Buffalo Police Officer’s responsibility to intervene in a situation where they believe another officer is acting inappropriately or jeopardizing another person’s safety or well being.”
State Supreme Court Judge Dennis Ward noted in his ruling similar cases, like the death of George Floyd. Ward said the role of other officers at the scene in such instances had come under scrutiny, “particularly their complicity in failing to intervene to save the life of a person to whom such unreasonable physical force is being applied.”
Over a decade of fighting and @CariolHorne has finally received justice.
Today the State of New York Supreme Court vacated and annulled the City of Buffalo's decision to fire her and take her benefits. She'll be getting her pension, benefits, and back-pay from 2010. pic.twitter.com/FZy8AAH6CX
— Jecorey Arthur (@jecoreyarthur) April 14, 2021
If officer Cariol Horne was present while George Floyd was been murdered on live TV, she no doubt would have stopped the white man from lynching Floyd and Floyd would have been alive today.. The single courageous act by Cariol Horne has to lead to many people asking the obvious question: Why do Black policemen standby when white police are committing police brutality against African Americans?