Ever since a video of Staten Island father Eric Garner dying on the street after being put in a chokehold by NYPD officers went viral, there have been calls for justice and apprehension of the cops involved. Now, one of the officers involved has been put on desk duty and has been forced to turn in his badge and gun.
Since the incident, the NYPD have released a statement: “Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo has been place on Modified Assignment pending further investigation into the July 17, 2014 incident involving Eric Garner in the 120 Precinct.”
Officer Pantaleo was seen in the video putting Garner in a chokehold and throwing him to the ground along with eight other cops. After being restrained on the ground, Garner complained that he couldn’t breathe, but was ignored. The situation will be investigated by the Staten Island district attorney and the police while Pantaleo, who is an eight-year-vet, is on desk duty.
Another officer, Justin Damico, was also taken off duty but was not stripped of his gun and badge.
In the seven-minute video, the eight cops surrounding the father-of-six failed to get him any medical help after he became unresponsive. They instead emptied his pockets, taking his pack of cigarettes and his cell phone. When EMT arrived four minutes into the clip, they also failed to give Garner medical help and instead loaded him onto the stretcher and took him away. The 43-year-old was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a Staten Island hospital.
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