NYPD Judge Recommends That Officer Who Killed Eric Garner Be Fired
An NYPD judge has recommended that Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who put Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold, be fired from the police force.
PIX11 reports that that NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials, Rosemarie Maldonado, issued the recommendation in the case. Despite this, the final decision will come from Police Commissioner James O’Neill.
The New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board issued a statement following the ruling,
“Today’s decision confirms what the Civilian Complaint Review Board always has maintained: Officer Daniel Pantaleo committed misconduct on July 17, 2014, and his actions caused the death of Eric Garner. The evidence the CCRB’s prosecutors brought forth at trial was more than sufficient to prove that Pantaleo is unfit to serve. Commissioner O’Neill must uphold this verdict and dismiss Pantaleo from the Department, as was recommended by both the CCRB and the Deputy Commissioner of Trials.”
The news comes a few weeks after federal charges were dropped against officer Pantaleo.
“There’s going to be justice. I have confidence in that,” Mayor de Blasio previously addressed the situation during a debate “For the first time, we are not waiting on the federal Justice Department, which told the city of New York that we could not proceed because the Justice Department was pursuing their prosecution.”
Eric Garner tragically passed away after being put in a chokehold because he was selling cigarettes on the street.
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