On Monday, The New York Police Department confirmed the termination of Officer Daniel Pantaleo for his involvement in the death of Eric Garner.
The Garner case has been around for the past five years, ever since Pantaleo and other officers were caught up in the killing of the NY resident. Garner allegedly was selling cigarettes when he was approached by law enforcement who asked for him to show his identification. He resisted and the Pantaleo and the others used forced to put him down to the ground.
Garner was placed in a chokehold by Pantaleo which led to his death.
James O’Neill, NYPD Commissioner, said Garner’s death was an “unintended consequence” of Pantaleo’s actions, and “it is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York City police officer.”
O’Neill: “In carrying out the court’s verdict in this case, I take no pleasure. Today is a day of reckoning, but can also be a day of reconciliation. We must move forward together as one city, determined to secure safety for all New Yorkers and safety for every police officer working daily to protect all of us.”
“None of us can take back our decisions, especially when they lead to the death of another human being.”
“I’ve been a cop a long time, and if I was still a cop, I’d probably be mad at me,” he added.
Needless to say, the New York Police Benevolent Association wasn’t happy with the decision to fire the Pantaleo, saying in a statement: “Police Commissioner O’Neill has made his choice: he has chosen politics and his own self-interest over the police officers he claims to lead.”
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