NYPD Chief Fires Cop Who Used Chokehold in Eric Garner Death

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

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

Daniel Pantaleo, the New York City police officer who used an illegal chokehold that caused the death of Eric Garner while making an arrest in 2014, has been fired. Maldonado wrote that she found Pantaleo's explanation for the chokehold "implausible and self-serving".

"We're here with heavy hearts because the DOJ has failed us", she said.

December 20, 2014: A gunman ambushes two New York City Police officers in a patrol auto and shoots them to death before killing himself. According to the New York Times, Barr's "intervention settled the disagreement between prosecutors in the civil rights division, which has pushed for an indictment, and Brooklyn prosecutors, who never believed the department could win such a case".

"The job is dead", Patrolman's Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch said at a news conference, standing in front of a police department flag that had been hung upside down.

December 3, 2014: A grand jury weighing whether to indict him finds "no reasonable cause" to bring charges against Pantaleo, triggering protests. His termination comes after it was determined he violated department policy when he used a prohibited chokehold against Garner back in 2014.

Garner died after officers confronted him for illegally selling cigarettes outside a Staten Island convenience store in 2014.

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".

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His voice cracking with anger, Mr Lynch called Mr Pantaleo an "exemplary" officer and called for union members to participate in a no-confidence vote on the Mayor and Commissioner.

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.

O'Neill said he faced pressure from many sides in this decision, and he admitted that if he were still an officer, he would probably not be happy.

Five years following the death of Garner and now, Daniel Pantaleo will not be working with the force anymore. NYPD Police Commissioner James O'Neill was expected to follow the recommendation made by Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemarie Maldonado regarding the police officer, who was suspended from the NYPD pending O'Neill's decision.

Pantaleo defined the action as a move where "you use your forearm, grasped with the other hand, and you pull back with your forearm onto the windpipe, preventing him from breathing".

The transcript of that interrogation was introduced during his disciplinary trial in place of Pantaleo's direct testimony.

Earlier this year, Attorney General William Barr decided not to bring criminal charges against Pantaleo under federal civil rights laws.

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