NYPD Fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo For Eric Garner's Death From Chokehold

NYPD Commissioner to announce decision on firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo over chokehold death of Eric Garner

Officer Daniel Pantaleo leaves his house in Staten Island

"With this decision, Commissioner O'Neill has opened the door for politicians to dictate the outcome of every single NYPD disciplinary proceeding, without any regard for the facts of the case or police officers' due process rights".

On Monday, NYPD commissioner James O'Neill hosted a press conference where he revealed his final decision to fire Pantaleo after a lengthy departmental disciplinary trial.

The officer, Daniel Pantaleo, was sacked Monday even though he avoided criminal charges for his role in Garner's death.

Five years following the death of Garner and now, Daniel Pantaleo will not be working with the force anymore. Maldonado wrote that she found Pantaleo's explanation for the chokehold "implausible and self-serving".

On the video recording of Garner's death, he is seen being grabbed by officers and pulled down to the sidewalk after he insisted they should not arrest him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes.

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In a confrontation caught on video footage, Garner repeatedly tells officers that he was unwilling to be taken into custody, which prompted Pantaleo to bring him to the ground by his neck as the man said he could not breathe 11 times. During that time, another officer can be heard shouting, "He's down". Within seconds, Pantaleo was on Garner's back with his arms around his neck, even though Garner was not acting violent in any way. He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

A USA police officer has been sacked for putting a black man in a banned chokehold just before his death five years ago in a case that fuelled nationwide protests.

In 2015, New York City officials agreed to pay Garner's family an out-of-court settlement of $5.9m to resolve a wrongful death lawsuit.

A grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo.

Federal prosecutors then said last month they would not bring charges. "I'm sure Mr. Garner did not think himself in such poor health that a brief altercation with the police would result in his death". He said there was insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Pantaleo "willfully" used excessive force to violate Garner's rights, as required under the law. One of Garner's daughters, Erica, became a leader in the movement against police brutality and led marches to the scene of her father's death twice a month for a year, but she died of a heart attack in 2017 at the age of 27.

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She said more work needs to be done "to fix our broken criminal justice system".

But others said Pantaleo's firing was a long time coming. "And today, we can't breathe, because they have let us down".

'No, I did not, ' Pantaleo said when asked by investigators if he'd applied a chokehold.

"We're going to argue for it". "We're not going away, so you can forget that".

New York City's police commissioner has scheduled a midday news conference as the city waits for his decision on whether to fire a police officer involved in the 2014 death of an unarmed black man. "The streets of New York City are not safe with them walking around".

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