NYPD Files Charges Against Officer Who Killed Eric Garner

Contributed by BreAnna Bell

Four years later, the officer who choked Eric Garner was formally served with departmental charges Friday night, an NYPD spokesman said Saturday.

Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was seen in video strangling Garner in a department-banned chokehold before Garner began saying repeatedly, “I can’t breathe” will face two separate charges for use of a chokehold and for restricting the man’s breathing.

An asthmatic, Garner was later pronounced dead. His death, which was ruled a homicide, has since become a calling cry for black citizens to march and take over social media timelines saying, “Black Lives Matter.”

Pantaleo, who remained on the NYPD’s payroll, could now possibly face punishment ranging from loss of vacation days to termination.

Stuart London, Pantaleo’s attorney, declined comment Saturday. He said his client was “looking forward to being vindicated” after the NYPD confirmed Thursday that it was initiating the disciplinary process, according to CNN.

CNN also states, another officer, Sgt. Kizzy Adonis, a supervisor and one of the first officers to respond, faces departmental charges along with Pantaleo for alleged procedural infractions, city officials said. Her attorney also declined comment.

The disciplinary hearings likely will take place in early 2019.

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