The legal team representing Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the Eric Garner case claim that he would have died to due his weight!
The NYPD union lawyers are taking a jab at Eric Garner’s weight claiming that poor health would have lead to his death well before Officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in a chokehold.
Pantaleo’s attorney, Stuart London stood in front of the court asking that Pantaleo be cleared of Garner’s death because he says, Garner “died from being morbidly obese.”
“He was a ticking time bomb that resisted arrest,” London said during an administrative hearing. “If he was put in a bear hug, it would have been the same outcome.”
This statement was made during a courtroom proceeding that lasted seven days at the NYPD headquarters. These hearings are all a part of determining if Pantaleo will lose his job for his hand in Garner’s death.
Medical examiners say that when Pantaleo put Garner in a “chokehold” he compressed his throat and chest, which resulted in him suffering a fatal asthma attack.
Since his death, which was all because Garner was allegedly selling untaxed loose cigarettes.
The NYPD has to prove that Pantaleo used a chokehold forbidden by the department in a way that counts as criminal conduct in order for him to be fired.