Two NYPD cops who shot and killed a 32-year-old Bronx man in his own apartment two years ago should be fired, the city Civilian Complaint Review Board said Thursday.
Officers Herbert Davis and Brendan Thompson were brought before the CCRB on charges related to the death of Kawaski Trawick on April 14, 2019 in Trawick’s apartment on Grand Ave. near Macombs Road in Morris Heights.
“The CCRB substantiated multiple allegations of abuse of authority and use of force against police officers Herbert Davis and Brendan Thompson for killing Kawaski Trawick, and recommended charges be served against each officer for their role in this tragedy,” CCRB spokesman Ethan Teicher said in a statement.
The events leading to Trawick’s death — shown by an officer’s body camera and described by police officials — began when Trawick found himself locked out of his apartment. He called the FDNY to let him in, which firefighters did.
Later, Thompson and Davis banged on the door of his apartment. Trawick was in his kitchen cooking. He repeatedly demanded the officers leave.
Davis used his baton to snap the door chain and both cops barged in. The officers yelled at him and refused to say why they had entered.
Within two minutes of their entry into the apartment, the officers Tasered and shot Trawick dead.
Trawick was holding a bread knife when he was shot, but his supporters say that was only because he was cooking.
Of the two officers, only Thompson wore a body camera. One of the responding cops was recorded saying nobody had been injured, “just a perp.”
The NYPD initially found no wrongdoing by the cops.
Trawick’s parents Ellen and Ricky issued a joint statement lauding the CCRB decision.
“We’ve watched the video of Kawaski’s killing over and over again and it’s clear that Thompson and Davis created a crisis that didn’t exist, escalated at every step and then killed our son in cold-blood,” they said.
“After shooting Kawaski, Thompson and Davis made no attempt to save his life — they left him behind a closed door while they worried about themselves.”
The NYPD said it would review the findings. Police Commissioner Dermot Shea has the final decision on whether to continue to employ the officers and/or discipline them.