NYPD officers look on as people attend a press conference of Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner outside Police Headquarters in New York, U.S., August 19, 2019 (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz).
The recent announcement by James O’Neill, NYPD Police Commissioner, to fire Officer Joseph Pantaleo from the New York Police Department brings an end to a five-year struggle to achieve some modicum of justice in the Eric Garner case. In rendering the decision, O’Neil stated that Pantaleo used a choke-hold in subduing Garner. The move is illegal and banned by the NYPD. In O’Neil’s estimation, the choke-hold maneuver and the video confirmed that “Daniel Pantaleo could no longer serve as a NYPD police officer,” according to NPR.
O’Neil’s decision confirmed the earlier conclusion of an NYPD administrative judge that ruled Pantaleo should be fired for his role in the choking death of Garner. The disciplinary board also found that Pantaleo not only lied about the choke-hold, but the…
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