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NYPD Fires Pantaleo: Officer In Eric Garner Case Was “Untruthful”, Judge States

missindependent1985 | August 19, 2019

It’s been 5 years since the infamous “I can’t breathe” screams of New York civilian, Eric Garner. He was killed by Officer Daniel Pantaleo who placed Garner in an illegal (banned) chokehold during an arrest. Garner was being apprehended for selling illegal cigarettes.

While the courts found no criminal intent in Pantaleo’s actions, the judge in the case, Honorable Judge Rosemarie Maldonado released a 46 page opinion on the case complete with a stern suggestions that Pantaleo no longer be employed on the NYPD force. The judge’s recommendations come as the courts found that Pantaleo was “untruthful” in his testimony of the case, negating his use of reckless force.

When asked to describe a chokehold he replied, “You take your two hands and you’re choking their throat or if you use your forearm grasped with the other hand and you pull back with your forearm onto the windpipe preventing him from breathing,” Maldonado wrote in her opinion. However, even after his description, Pantaleo still refused to call his ‘move’ a chokehold after being shown a video of the chokehold.

I found [Pantaleo’s] uncorroborated hearsay statements explaining his actions to be untruthful,” Maldonado continued in her opinion. Monday (Aug.19), the NYPD responded to Maldonado’s suggestion by terminating the employment of Daniel Pantaleo, removing him from the force immediately. The decision comes nearly 5 years after the death of Eric Garner.

 

Written by missindependent1985

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