NYPD Commissioner Fires Officer In Eric Garner Death

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill announced Officer Daniel Pantaleo has been fired.

The New York City police officer who used a chokehold on Eric Garner in an encounter that ended with Garner’s death has been fired, New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill announced today.

This decision by the Commissioner was inevitable.


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New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill announced Monday that he has fired the police officer involved in the 2014 death of Eric Garner.

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O’Neill had been deliberating whether to accept a disciplinary judge’s recommendation that Officer Daniel Pantaleo be fired for using a banned chokehold.

“None of us can take back our decisions, especially when they lead to the death of another human being,” O’Neill said, adding it was clear that Pantaleo “can no longer effectively serve as a New York City police officer.”

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Asked whether Mayor Bill de Blasio forced his hand, O’Neill said the dismissal was his choice.

“This is the decision that the police commissioner makes,” he said, calling Garner’s death an “irreversible tragedy” that “must have a consequence.”  More

Do what the officer tells you. If it’s wrong then fight it in court, not on the street. 

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