Eric Garner: NY officer in 'I can't breathe' death fired

Eric Garner: NY officer in 'I can't breathe' death fired”

Garner's death came just a month before the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement and subsequent protests across the country.

Pat Lynch, president of the NYC Police Benevolent Association, speaks during a press conference after the announcement of the termination of officer Daniel Pantaleo at PBA headquarters on August 19, 2019 in New York City.

Mr. Pantaleo was suspended while awaiting the commissioner's decision.

"It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer serve as a New York City police officer", Mr O'Neill said.

In 2015, the City of NY agreed to pay $5.9 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Garner's family.

During the Democratic presidential debate in Detroit last month, de Blasio received jibes about not firing Pantaleo from fellow candidate Sen.

While vowing to keep the pressure on, Garner's daughter and son along with the Rev. Al Sharpton believe there is nothing to celebrate with Pantaleo losing his job. The judge, a deputy commissioner, found Pantaleo was "untruthful" during interviews with investigators and had "recklessly used force" during the fatal encounter.

He had previously been on desk duty since he was seen in widely viewed cellphone videos using a banned chokehold on Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk during an attempted arrest.

Garner supporters said they plan to go back to the Island's district attorney's office to try to reconvene a second grand jury and launch another investigation into Garner's death, as well as demand the transcripts from the 2014 grand jury be released.

The New York police department prohibits officers from using chokeholds because of the risk of suffocation.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed on July 31 that Garner's family would have justice within "30 days".

O'Neill said he "agreed with the content" of Maldonado's recommendation.

That explanation didn't make sense to Maldonado who in the 46-page document, described Pantaleo's chokehold denial as "implausible and self-serving".

"He's away now, and I told him to stay away", Stuart London, Pantaleo's lawyer, told reporters, without elaborating.

"That could possibly be me".

He spoke at length in unusually emotional remarks, saying he had empathy for Pantaleo, who had been following orders from his supervisors to crack down on loose cigarette sales, and that he expected police officers would question his decision. Maldonado said Pantaleo used NYPD-approved tactics in an effort to arrest Garner before the chokehold, such as an arm bar, before ruling that Pantaleo did not intend to limit Garner's breathing.

De Blasio and the NYPD always had the option of initiating disciplinary action against Pantaleo, but failed to do so.

Asked whether he was anxious the police union might start encouraging officers to drag their feet when making arrests, De Blasio said he was certain officers would "do their job". "We will uphold our oath, but we can not and will not do so by needlessly jeopardising our careers or personal safety".

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