Judge rules former Buffalo police officer is eligible for pension

Cariol Horne was fired after she says she intervened when a fellow officer was performing a chokehold on a handcuffed suspect. She's also eligible for more than 10 years of back pay.
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A former buffalo police officer was granted eligibility for her lifetime pension after more than twelve years of legal battle. Cary all more than nearly twenty year veteran of the force made headlines back in 2006 when she says she stopped a fellow officer from performing a chokehold on a handcuffed suspect she was fired in 2008. Mere months before she was eligible for that pension serial Bourne joins us now. Thank you so much for your time. As we mentioned this battle has been going on for many years at this point. What was your reaction when you finally got the news of the judge had ruled in your favor. I was excited I get used to scream. That's happy. Were you expecting it. I expected AE will Maine and edged chides remain passages. So wind. I got to con. My attorney and to shower. Wrapped cod and she said I have news for you. And arranged. She set out just how do you into marriage. We won fumble. And for people who don't know. Tell us or what happened back in 2006 and why you took the action that you did. I'm 2006. There was a hand casts. Harrison mailman who was named shouts back option Gregory quiet cascade. And as I stopped to chat with does chokehold. And I was fired for it how did you go about stopping the chokehold. I grabbed his arm from and around new mex neck. And then you were fired. Yes I was. We're talking about 2008 then that same year the officer that you had stopped from using a chokehold was promoted to lieutenant. He sued you for defamation and won a 65000 dollar judgment. He subsequently worked various jobs at times you've even had to live in your car she later went on to prison. After an incident stemming from an arrest of four black teenagers. Do you feeling of finally gotten some vindication. And if so do you feel that it came only at the expense of George Floyd. Not catch anything Daley came at the expense of George Floyd Tom unfortunately. And had their Bannon Kerry has knowledge I have written back and twenty sixteenths. Headed man passed. Prior to. Now it could have been a national. And it could have. Prevent India options from standing back and watch in. Ups. Derek Shelton and killed George so might. The police accountability is certainly a vacant. Hot button topic right now yeah a former officer why do you think that it's gotten as bad as it. Has and what do you feel needs to happen in order to improve the criminal justice system. Is as bad as it hands because there has been no accountability. And I think that it can get better right. Passing carriers lock on the national level. I'm so therefore the officers do have a duty to intervene. So they cannot stand around and watch another officer hurt or kill someone. Do you think it officers are undergoing. Enough training or is it simply implicit bias. Well the first Cheney get his home training and we don't know what people are landing at home. So we don't know what biases may become and to the -- wish and then if you come into the job and someone has that. Same is am. And they tend to let you get away lives literally literal murder. Then. It affects his. You've mentioned cereals law a few times in this conversation explain. How that rule works it is certainly you fought to get it adopted and ultimately and it helped Terrell case. Wow Gary exactly. Carry out lies a duty to entertain. And the reason is name's Carrie -- lies because and Tony sixteen when I wrote it. I decided I do not want another officer to go through what I had gone through for doing what is he right. And it helped me because they Jesse citing and the case. When he made his decision so ultimately I wrote my home. Freedom papers. Carry all we thank you again for your time for sharing your story and posting congratulations to you thank. You so much I appreciate it.

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