|Cariol Horne 19 year veteran|
In 2006, Cariol Horne was a 19-year Buffalo police department veteran. She rushed to assist another officer on a domestic violence call. When she arrived, she was shocked to see another officer abusing the suspect and what happened next changed her life forever. The suspect was already cuffed, but that didn't stop the arresting officer from attacking:
"He was handcuffed in the front and he was sideways and being punched in the face by Gregory Kwiatkowski," explained Horne.That was just the beginning:
"Gregory Kwiatkowski turned Neal Mack around and started choking him. So then I'm like, 'Greg! You're choking him,' because I thought whatever happened in the house he was still upset about so when he didn't stop choking him I just grabbed his arm from around Neal Mack's neck," said Horne.From there, Officer Kwiatkowkski turned his attention to Cariol Horne:
"He comes up and punches me in the face and I had to have my bridge replaced," said Horne.Cariol Horne was fired and denied her pension after a 19-year career. She's lost every appeal and her case is now being reviewed by the City of Buffalo Common Council.
As for Officer Kwiatkowkski?
Officer Kwiatkowski was forced to retire from the police department after he was suspended for choking another officer on the job, and in a separate incident, punching another officer when he was off the clock.Kwiatowkski is accused of holding down one of the teens and shooting him with a BB gun.
In May 2014, Kwiatowkski and two other officers were indicted on federal civil rights violations against black teen suspects.
Let's hope the City of Buffalo Common Council does the right thing and restores Cariol Horne's full pension.
You can learn more and see WKBW's interview with Cariol Horne here.