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Cop in Eric Garner case shows up to be reinstated; NYPD brass change mind, refuse to give job back

Protestors marched in Staten Island on the first anniversary of Eric Garner's death in July 2015. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York Police Sgt. Kizzy Adonis expected to get her gun back and return to full duty when she showed up at headquarters on Friday, according to the New York Post.

Instead, police brass pulled her ID and sent her back to desk duty where she's sat for more than two years.

“I think this is indecisiveness on behalf on this department,” Ed Mullins, president of the NYPD sergeants union told the Post. “There is clearly a lack of leadership. They’re messing with someone’s life.”

Adonis, a 15-year veteran of the department, was at the scene of the police chokehold death of Eric Garner who died on a sidewalk in Staten Island July 17, 2014.

Why was she on modified duty, anyway?

While Adonis never faced criminal charges in Garner's death, it was ruled a homicide, and she was the supervising sergeant on the scene.

The department placed her on modified duty in January 2016 pending internal charges of "failure to supervise."

Officer Daniel Pantaleo reportedly placed Garner in a headlock during the incident, which led to the man's death. Garner was under arrest for illegally selling cigarettes on the street.

Criminal charges against the officer are still undecided.

Why did she think she would be back on full duty?

Adonis had already been re-certified for her weapon at the police shooting range.

And on Thursday, she received a new NYPD ID card, which classified her as a full-duty sergeant, Mullins said.

But when Adonis showed up to get her precinct assignment, her bosses made an about-face.

“The brass has no idea what they’re doing,” Mullins told the Post. “They’re like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.”

A police spokeswoman declined the Post's request for comment on the department's reversal.

“She remains on modified duty," the spokeswoman said.

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