NY policeman fired for actions in death of Eric Garner

Daniel Pantaleo

Daniel Pantaleo

Sharpton, speaking with members of Garner's family, said the firing was "appropriate and deserving". He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. He died an hour later.

A Staten Island grand jury's decision not to bring charges against Pantaleo resulted in an uproar in 2014, and Garner's family expressed outrage last month when the U.S. Justice Department announced it would not prosecute the officer.

A NY state grand jury decided in December 2014 that there was insufficient evidence to support homicide charges against Pantaleo, amid claims that Garner suffered from a heart condition and asthma that could have caused his death. They were later reinstated.

"After five long years, Eric Garner's family, the City of NY, and a nation that long has had watchful eyes upon this case finally have closure".

NYC PBA president Pat Lynch released a statement slamming O'Neill for firing Pantaleo - even though a medical examiner who performed the Garner autopsy testified that the banned chokehold "would have compromised the neck and would have compromised the airway, making it hard for [Garner] to breathe", and even though Administrative Judge Rosemarie Maldonado found Pantaleo was "untruthful" and "self-serving" during the course of the investigation. He did and was then showed footage from his encounter with Garner. He said that while Pantaleo was justified in initially applying the chokehold that killed Garner (f**k you), he concluded that at the point he was on the ground, gasping for air, BEGGING TO BREATHE, Pantaleo probably should have released his grip.

Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, joins others during a news conference outside of Police Headquarters in Manhattan to protest during the police disciplinary hearing for Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was accused of recklessly using a chokehold that led to Eric Garner's death during an arrest in July 2014 on May 21, 2019 in New York City. "Moreover, (Pantaleo's) glaring dereliction of responsibility precipitated a tragic outcome".

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Pantaleo was suspended from the force on August 2 after Maldonado's ruling was issued. On Monday he was sacked.

Police Commissioner James O'Neill's announced at a midday news conference that he had fired Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who is white, based on a recent recommendation of a department disciplinary judge.

"It was an extremely hard decision...it's not something that I could make over a few hours", O'Neill said.

O'Neill said contributions Pantaleo has already made toward his pension will be returned to him.

While the decision was welcomed by activists and Mr Garner's family, it was immediately condemned by the head of the city's largest police union, who declared that it would undermine morale and cause officers to hesitate to use force under any circumstances, for fear they could be fired.

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