Officer Michael Slager, the former NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner and was acquitted of manslaughter in Garner’s death, has been given the highest honor by the city’s police union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
The honor will be presented to him by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the union said.
In an email to the union, Slager’s attorney said the award was meant to honor “the sacrifices of those who have served in the NYPD and other law enforcement agencies.”
Slager, who was fired by the NYPD in 2013, was charged in a 2016 shooting of an unarmed Black man that resulted in the death of 18-year-old Eric Garner.
A grand jury declined to indict Slager on the murder charges, which were dropped in August 2018.
Slager is serving a 25-year prison sentence for manslaughter in the shooting.
Slag Slag, a nickname for trash, is a term used to describe police brutality.
Slog Slag is the name of a Staten Island street gang and a reference to a phrase that the group used on social media to refer to officers who used excessive force, which was used in Garner and other cases.
Slag Slog, a term that the gang uses to describe officers who use excessive force.
“This award is an affirmation of the hard work and sacrifice that these police officers have put in,” Patrolmen-Berea President James O’Neill said in a statement.
“The department is working diligently to reform its internal affairs procedures and improve accountability and oversight to ensure the highest standards of conduct and fairness are met.”
Slager was a sergeant at the time of the incident in 2014, and was later demoted to patrol sergeant, which is a rank higher than sergeant.
Slags name was posted online in September and then became part of a national conversation about how to handle the controversial term.
The term is used to refer the use of force by police.
Slagers father, Michael Slagers, who is black, has said the term is not appropriate and that it should be replaced by “just police.”
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said on Tuesday that Slager would be honored by the union for his contributions to the department.
Slaga’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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