Family of Kawaski Trawick Responds to CCRB Decision to Substantiate Charges Against NYPD Officers

For Immediate Release: June 10, 2021

Contact: Hilary Lyons, hlyons@changethenypd.org, 646-653-2871

Family of Kawaski Trawick Responds to CCRB Decision to Substantiate Charges Against NYPD Officers Brendan Thompson and Herbert Davis


New York, NY – Yesterday, the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) voted to substantiate misconduct charges against NYPD Officers Brendan Thompson and Herbert Davis, who killed Kawaski Trawick on April 14, 2019. The charges pertain to Officer Thompson’s and Davis’ abuse of authority, use of force, and other misconduct in their killing of Kawaski Trawick. NYPD officers Brendan Thompson and Herbert Davis killed Kawaski Trawick in just 112 seconds after arriving at his apartment. Kawaski was alone in his home when officers broke the chain off his door, tased him, and shot him multiple times, killing him. Last month, it was made public that the NYPD’s internal investigation found no wrongdoing and had imposed no discipline on officers Thompson and Davis.


Kawaski Trawick’s parents, Ellen and Ricky; Loyda Colon, Executive Director of the Justice Committee; Ileana Mendez-Peñate, Communities United for Police Reform spokesperson; and Royce Russell, the Trawick Family’s attorney responded to the CCRB’s vote to substantiate charges against Officers Brendan Thompson and Herbert Davis in the following statements:


"We're glad the CCRB was able to see there was wrongdoing on the part of NYPD officers Brendan Thompson and Herbert Davis for murdering our son, Kaw