NY police fire officer who placed Eric Garner in deadly chokehold
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Aug 20, 2019,
Aug 20, 2019, 0:25
At a recent administrative trial at New York Police Department headquarters, Pantaleo's lawyers argued he used an approved "seat belt" technique to subdue Garner, who refused to be handcuffed after officers accused him of selling untaxed cigarettes.
The New York Police Department has fired the officer responsible for killing Eric Garner using an NYPD-banned chokehold during a 2014 arrest, according to NBC News.
"It was an extremely hard decision", O'Neill said, acknowledging that the move would likely anger rank-and-file officers.
"With this decision, Commissioner O'Neill has opened the door for politicians to dictate the outcome of every single NYPD disciplinary proceeding", the association said.
Rosemarie Maldonado, a deputy police commissioner who oversaw disciplinary hearings involving the fatal 2014 incident, recommended last month that Pantaleo be let go.
The opinion of the judge is clear Officer Pantaelo, "Can no longer remain a New York City police Officer".
A local grand jury declined to indict Mr Pantaleo and the US Justice Department opted not to prosecute, but Mr Pantaleo was suspended earlier this month when a departmental judge ruled that the officer should be fired. Video footage of the encounter appears to show Pantaleo holding Garner in a chokehold for 15 seconds, as Garner can be heard repeatedly uttering, "I can't breathe". The phrase became a rallying cry for protestors.
Last month the Justice Department ruled against the Civil Rights Division's recommendation that charges be brought against Pantaleo, siding with officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of NY, and arguing the government's burden of proof could not be met.
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London has said that Garner caused his own death because of his weight and previously diagnosed health conditions. And later in 2014, a man angry about the Garner and Brown cases shot two New York City police officers to death in their cruiser in retribution.
"I've been a cop a long time, and if I was still a cop, I'd probably be mad at me", he added.
"That exigent circumstance no longer existed when they moved to the ground", Mr O'Neill said.
When asked if he thought justice was delivered, O'Neill said the process was "fair and impartial" while describing it as a "tragedy for the Garner family".
Chokeholds were banned by the NYPD in 1993.
Garner's daughter, Emerald Snipes Garner, thanked O'Neill "for doing the right thing".
In 2015, the city of NY reached a settlement with the family for $US5.9m after they brought a wrongful-death lawsuit claiming that Garner was not given sufficient medical aid by emergency officials.