A deputy NYPD commissioner tasked with overseeing administrative trials has recommended against punishing the two police officers who were involved in the 2019 fatal police shooting of an out gay man, Kawaski Trawick, according to The City — and it all came down to a technicality.
Officers Brendan Thompson — who shot and killed Trawick — and Herbert Davis faced an administrative trial at NYPD headquarters earlier this year for their role in Trawick’s death on a night when he may have been experiencing distress at his apartment at Hill House, a supportive living environment in the Bronx. The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), which handles cases of police misconduct, substantiated multiple charges against the pair of cops, including for using force and failing to render aid to Trawick after the shooting.
Now, more than four months after the final hearing in the administrative trial, deputy commissioner Rosemarie Maldonado justified the recommendation by stating in a draft ruling from Sept. 20 that the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) failed to file misconduct charges against the two officers until the statute of limitations had passed, according to The City, which reported that the CCRB was nearly five months too late against the backdrop of delays by the NYPD.
In fact, Maldonado asserted that the technicality essentially nullified any case against the officers’ conduct.