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.
Officer Daniel Pantaleo was “untruthful” when he gave N.Y.P.D. investigators his account of his fatal encounter with Eric Garner, a police administrative judge said in her ruling obtained by The New York Times: https://t.co/pWSkz2gsuM
— Ashley Southall 2020 🇺🇸 (@AshleyAtTimes) August 18, 2019
“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.
PANTALEO FIRED: NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill announces that the officer at the center of Eric Garner’s death has been fired from the police department https://t.co/yWtLlAzGzs pic.twitter.com/PSSFzAm5Ze
— PIX11 News (@PIX11News) August 19, 2019