A New York City police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed African American man killed by police on Staten Island in 2014, has been fired by the department.
The decision was announced by New York police department (NYPD) commissioner James O’Neill on Monday after an administrative police judge advised that officer Daniel Pantaleo should lose his job for misconduct during the arrest.
“In this case, the unintended consequence of Mr Garner’s death must have a consequence of its own,” O’Neill said, confirming his agreement with the judge’s recommendation.
He added: “It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York City police officer.”
Garner, 43, died after Pantaleo placed him in a banned chokehold during a botched arrest over the alleged sale of untaxed cigarettes more than five years ago. The incident was captured on cellphone video that showed Garnershouting “I can’t breathe” 11 times.
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