The charge is connected to the case of Eric Garner, the black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by officers.
Adonis, who was a supervising officer on the scene at the time of the incident, was quoted in an internal NYPD report saying, “the perpetrator’s condition did not seem serious and … he did not appear to get worse,” USA Today reports.
Garner’s death captured national media attention and incited protests across the nation when it was revealed that the 43-year-old stated “I can’t breath!” multiple times while being apprehended. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
According to USA Today a grand jury decided in December of 2014 not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for Garner’s death, which resulted in continued marches and protests nationwide.
Last July, Garner’s family settled with New York City for $5.9 million.