Don’t punish a good cop for standing up to police brutality.
I was fired for intervening when a fellow police officer was choking a handcuffed suspect. He punched me in the face for my intervention. He was promoted, and my attempt to defend myself got me fired from a 19 year career and resulted in the loss of my pension. I don’t want my job back, but I worked hard for my pension to ensure my kids’ future. Please help me tell New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli to reinstate my pension and make a statement against injustice and corruption.
My name is Cariol Horne. I am a proud New Yorker and a mother of five, and for nearly a decade I have been appealing a wrongful firing and the loss of my pension. When I was fired by Buffalo PD, the department charged me with obstruction for stopping Officer Kwiatkowski’s brutal attack on an already cuffed and arrested suspect. Even Kwiatkowski himself disputes the facts of the charges that got me dismissed. And while he was allowed to retire with his pension I was swiftly let go.
Mr. Kwiatkowski has a long history of violence within the police force. He retired after he had been suspended for choking a fellow officer on the job, he has been written up for punching another officer while off duty and most recently, after being promoted to Lieutenant, along with two other officers, was charged with federal felony civil rights violations for shooting a young African-American boy in his custody with a BB gun. From where I stand this is not a person that protects and serves but rather threatens the safety of officers and regular citizens alike.
I no longer want my job back. Now, I work as a truck driver. However, I worked hard for my pension and was wrongly fired for doing my job -- stopping the abuse of a man who couldn’t defend himself. Buffalo PD allowed Kwiatkowski to continue on the force as a supervisor despite his several infractions, but released me without a suspension on my record.
Help me fight for justice and my kids’ future and tell New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli to reinstate my pension and make a statement against injustice and corruption.
For more information about my case please see the links below.
Fired Buffalo cop tells her side
Officers support Cariol Horne
Lt. Gregory Kwiatkowski charged with felony civil rights violations.