Officer Accused in Eric Garner Chokehold Death Case to Face Disciplinary Trial in May - NBC New York
The Death of Eric Garner

The Death of Eric Garner

Staten Island grand jury clears NYPD officer in chokehold case

Officer Accused in Eric Garner Chokehold Death Case to Face Disciplinary Trial in May

Eric Garner was killed in a confrontation with NYPD officers in 2014; His dying words, "I can't breathe," became a slogan for Black Lives Matter

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    NYPD Trial Date Set in Eric Garner Case

    Erica Garner's widow came face to face with the NYPD officer accused of using a banned chokehold on him. Rana Novini reports.

    (Published Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018)

    What to Know

    • An NYPD officer accused in the chokehold death of Eric Garner will face a disciplinary trial in May

    • An administrative judge set Officer Daniel Pantaleo's trial date during a hearing at One Police Plaza on Thursday

    • Pantaleo was caught on camera putting Garner into that chokehold, a move that the medical examiner said contributed to his death

    An NYPD officer accused in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man will face a departmental disciplinary trial next May - nearly five years after the man's pleas of "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry against police brutality, an administrative judge said Thursday.

    The judge rejected demands from Daniel Pantaleo's lawyer to delay the officer's department trial in the death of Eric Garner until July, when time runs out for federal prosecutors to file civil rights charges against him.

    The NYPD trial will start May 13 and could take about two weeks, the judge said.

    Pantaleo, who is white, is charged with reckless use of a chokehold and intentional use of a chokehold in Garner's July 2014 death in Staten Island.

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    The NYPD will hold a hearing for the officer who put Eric Garner into a chokehold during an arrest more than four years ago. Katherine Creag reports.

    (Published Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018)

    Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, could be heard on an amateur video shouting "I can't breathe!" as Pantaleo placed him in an apparent chokehold, which is banned under police department policy, after officers stopped him for selling untaxed cigarettes.

    If convicted, the 33-year-old Pantaleo could face punishment ranging from the loss of vacation days to firing from the department. He was stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk duty after the incident.

    Pantaleo's lawyer, Stuart London, said the officer used a takedown move taught by the police department, not a banned chokehold, and will be vindicated. After a brief hearing, his union issued a statement blaming the 350-pound Garner's poor health and resisting arrest for his death.

    Pantaleo, wearing a dark suit, didn't speak during the brief hearing at police headquarters and lingered in the trial room with his head down as a crowd, including Garner's relatives, emptied out.

    "I felt sort of numb being in the same room as my son's murderer," said Garner's mother, Gwen Carr. She wants the police department to fire Pantaleo and others who were involved in her son's arrest.

    Garner, who had asthma, suffered a heart attack in an ambulance and was pronounced dead at a hospital. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide caused in part by compression of his neck from a chokehold.

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    Eric Garner's mother is keeping up the pressure to get justice for her son, four years after his death. Andrew Siff reports.

    (Published Thursday, July 26, 2018)

    A grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo in December 2014. The police watchdog agency prosecuting the disciplinary case, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, is seeking transcripts of that proceeding.

    Pantaleo's union, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said Thursday Pantaleo had used "the least amount of force necessary" and that Garner's autopsy showed that his windpipe, which could've been crushed by a chokehold, was intact.

    "This case demonstrates the danger that is inherent in prejudging incidents absent all of the information that must be considered in order to come to a truthful and accurate conclusion," Union president Patrick Lynch said in a statement.

    Lynch then attacked Garner's health, saying it was so poor that it was "highly likely" he would've died if he had decided to flee police instead of refusing to be handcuffed. "The exertion and stress would have overcome his already seriously ill body and would have resulted in his death," he said.

    The NYPD decided in July to go forward with disciplinary proceedings, saying it was running out of patience with the federal government's indecision about whether to bring a criminal case. The Justice Department said it already told the NYPD last spring that it could go forward.

    Police Commissioner James O'Neill, who has the final say on officer discipline, said Monday: "We want to get this done."

    Cop in Eric Garner Death to Face Disciplinary Hearing

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    The NYPD announced on Monday that it will allow disciplinary proceedings to go forward against a patrolman accused in the notorious chokehold death of an unarmed black man, saying it's run out of patience with federal authorities' indecision about whether to bring a criminal case. Ray Villeda reports.

    (Published Monday, July 16, 2018)

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