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Fired NY officer who halted excessive force arrest wins pension

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Published: Apr. 14, 2021 at 3:42 PM EDT
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A Buffalo, New York, police officer who was fired for trying to stop another officer from using a chokehold on a handcuffed suspect has won a yearslong legal fight to collect her pension.

A state Supreme Court judge on Tuesday cited the changing landscape around the use of force by police and a recently passed “duty to intervene” statute adopted by the city.

Cariol Horne was about a year away from collecting her police pension when she was fired after intervening in a white officer’s arrest of a Black man in 2006.

Horne’s case gained renewed attention last year amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

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