Earlier this afternoon, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neil announced that Daniel Pantaleo, the ficer who put Eric Garner in a lethal chokehold more than FIVE years ago, has finally been terminated.
“The unintended consequence Mr. Garner’s death must have a consequence its own,” Mr. O’Neill announced. “Therefore I agree with the deputy commissioner trial’s legal findings and recommendations. It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York City police ficer.”
“During the struggle, Officer Pantaleo had the opportunity to readjust his grip from a prohibited chokehold to a less lethal alternative, but did not make use that opportunity,” he continued during the press conference. “Instead, even once Mr. Garner was moved to his side on the ground with his left arm behind his back and his right hand still open and extended, Officer Pantaleo kept his hands clasped and maintained the chokehold. Mr Garneer’s obvious distress is confirmed when he coughs and grimaces.”
In the same breath, however, O’Neil still blamed Garner and showed sympathy to Pantaleo.