NYPD: Cop Fired In Eric Garner Case
Five years after the death of New Yorker Eric Garner, the police officer involved in his demise has been fired.
The New York Daily News reported Monday NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill fired Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the Staten Island chokehold death of Mr. Garner.
“The unintended consequences of Eric Garner’s death must have consequences of its own,” the commissioner said. “It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York City police officer.”
Sources say the firing of Officer Pantaleo came on the recommendation of a judge. The firing caps five years of tension and protest following the death of Mr. Garner.
The case leaves a legacy, helping spark the #Black Lives Matter movement, and prompting police departments to train officers in how to de-escalate confrontations.
Eric Garner's daughter appeared at the press conference wearing a t-shirt with the word “murderer” written across a picture of Officer Pantaleo.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a separate news conference, said what happened to Mr. Garner should never happen again.
[Source: New York Daily News]