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Two cops who won honors in ’08 shooting now under fire over incident

Posted on January 3, 2011- by

Two cops honored after the fatal shooting of a crazed man who was waving a metal chair have been slapped with disciplinary charges in the incident.

Officers Dawn Ortiz and India Archie were each commended as “Cop of the Year” by the NYPD Holy Name Society – at a ceremony Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly attended.

Kelly even posed for pictures with the proud cops and Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.

Now they face a department trial for failing to first use a baton or pepper spray before Ortiz fired the single shot that killed Gilberto Blanco, a 45-year-old emotionally disturbed man.

“I am confident that the police commissioner will immediately resolve this apparent conflict within the department’s original position,” Archie’s lawyer Eric Sanders said.

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