An NYPD police officer was fired from his job after he sent a vile 2020 group text message mocking the death of George Floyd beneath a Minneapolis police officer’s knee.
Probationary Sgt. Yonathan Bonifacio was fired this past December after he forwarded an image of Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck as a white spirit was seen exiting the dead Black man’s body.
The NYPD disciplinary documents showed that the 13-year NYPD police officer also shared the message with nine subordinates, two of them Black officers, just three months after Floyd’s death ignited violence and mass protests across the country in the summer of 2020.
“Respondent’s dissemination of the image at this time … was akin to tossing a lit match at the base of a powder keg,” the 12-page decision from an NYPD administrative judge. “(His) actions … demonstrated exceedingly poor judgment and a disrespect for human life that is reprehensible and incompatible with police work.”
Bonifacio reportedly pleaded guilty to his case to get a reduced penalty.
Before getting fired from his job, Bonifacio was also demoted to the rank of an officer as the disciplinary process unfolded.