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Cop Who Held Eric Garner in Chokehold Is Fired

Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer whose applied a prohibited chokehold to Eric Garner in 2014, has been fired from the Police Department. Pantaleo’s dismissal on Monday, ended a five-year long legal battle regarding the death of Eric Garner.

Eric Garner died on July 17, 2014, when police approached him on suspicion of selling single cigarettes from packs without tax stamps. During the stop, Pantaleo tackled him from behind and applied a chokehold. Pantaleo, along with other officers, pressed him down on the pavement until Garner become unresponsive.

Pantealeo was dismissed by NY police commissioner, James P. O’Neill after a police administrative judge found him guilty of violating a department ban on chokeholds about 2 weeks ago.

“The unintended consequence of Mr. Garner’s death must have a consequence of its own,” Mr. O’Neill said. “Therefore I agree with the deputy commissioner of trial’s legal findings and recommendations. It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York City police officer.”

The leader of the city’s largest police union immediately denounced the decision, saying Mr. O’Neill had bowed to “anti-police extremists” and that Mr. Pantaleo’s dismissal sent a message that the city did not stand behind its officers when they make arrests.

“We are urging all New York City police officers to proceed with the utmost caution in this new reality, in which they may be deemed ‘reckless’ just for doing their job,” the Police Benevolent Association president, Patrick J. Lynch, said in a statement. “We will uphold our oath, but we cannot and will not do so by needlessly jeopardizing our careers or personal safety.”

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8 comments

Dorothy M. August 19, 2019 at 2:22 pm

It’s about time someone has corrected a wrong. BLACK LIVES DO MATTER.

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mariah muhammad August 19, 2019 at 6:09 pm

we all have mixed blood…it just depends on what color you see! It’s usually the last layer of skin! lmao

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Jamie August 19, 2019 at 3:27 pm

“The leader of the city’s largest police union immediately denounced the decision, saying Mr. O’Neill had bowed to “anti-police extremists” and that Mr. Pantaleo’s dismissal sent a message that the city did not stand behind its officers when they make arrests.”

Make an arrest? Committed murder. Cities should not stand behind officers who commit murder. Ever.

Those officers who do commit murder should be banned from ever working in law enforcement again.

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DIane August 19, 2019 at 3:40 pm

He will just go and get hired by another department in another town. He should be receiving JAIL TIME and a personal million dollar lawsuit

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Ron Mack August 19, 2019 at 4:46 pm

To the leader of the police union. HEY ASSWIPE, IT WAS NOT AN ARREST! IT WAS MURDER. SMDM. So doing your job is to murder innocent Black people.

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Kenneth Boise August 19, 2019 at 6:34 pm

Was his LEO Certification pulled? If not, he’ll get hired immediately by another department.

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Chris August 19, 2019 at 9:13 pm

THe assertion that the officer was just doing his job is purest BS. Doing your job as a police officer should never result in death, smothering, asphyxiation of unarmed citizens, never! Why does any police officer need to put their hands on any citizen, especially ALL non violent offenders? This verdict should send a clear message to any bullies and yahoos in PO ranks: clear out, the People do not want or deserve your service!

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Darlene August 20, 2019 at 12:59 am

The BAN on the Choke hold was outlawed years ago – why did it take 5 years? I suspect there is more to this story than being told – the news anchor referred to attitude of some kind – sounds like he did more since he got off initially & since he was not charged with Murder in the first place

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