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Officer Involved in Eric Garner’s Chokehold Death Suspended; Recommended for Termination by Judge

Written by on 2 August 2019

After the Justice Department announced last month that NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo wouldn’t be brought up on federal charges for the chokehold that killed Eric Garner in 2014, a judge on Friday determined that Pantaleo should be fired. After the judge’s determination, the NYPD announced that Pantaleo would be suspended before the police commissioner makes his final decision.

While nothing will ever bring back Garner and this scene has played out too many times, Garner’s daughter, Emerald, said, “This has been a long battle. Five years too long. Finally, somebody has said that there’s some information that this cop has done something wrong.” She urged the top cop to fire Pantaleo, which the NY Attorney General agreed with.

The head of New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board also asked the commissioner to terminate Pantaleo and released a statement: “Today’s decision confirms what the Civilian Complaint Review Board always maintained: Officer Daniel Pantaleo committed misconduct on July 17, 2014, and his actions caused the death of Eric Garner.”

While Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe,” captivated the nation and mobilized activists to demand change, at times, there seems to have been little progress made in the past 5 years where too many black people to count have died at the hands at cops. And, while Pantaleo’s future remains to be seen, unlike Eric Garner, he still has a chance to live his life.


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