New York, Aug 19 (SF).- New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo, accused of involuntary manslaughter during a forced arrest, was fired and will not receive his pension, said the commissioner of that institution, James O’Neill.
The official made the decision after a New York Police Department judge recommended earlier this month that the agent accused of fatally suffocating Eric Garner in 2014 should be fired.
“Trial Commissioner Maldonado ruled that Agent Pantaleo’s use of a prohibited asphyxiation maneuver was reckless and constituted a serious deviation from the standard of conduct set for a New York City police officer,” O’Neill said. .
“I agree with the findings and legal recommendations of the Deputy Commissioner of Trials and it is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer serve as a New York City police officer,” O’Neill said.
In 2014, facing police officers trying to arrest him for allegedly selling illegal cigarettes, Eric Garner raised both hands in the air and, with a passive challenge, told New York police officers not to touch him.
Seconds later, a video shows Agent Pantaleo grabs the 158 kilos man with a strangulation maneuver and then throws him toward the sidewalk, rolling him upside down.
Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe,” turned into a war cry in Black Lives Matter protests that demanded police responsibility for the death of unarmed black men. More recently, protesters interrupted the presidential debates of Democratic candidates, shouting for the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, who is an applicant.
Daniel Pantaleo’s lawyer, Stuart London, said he received a call notifying him that Pantaleo was fired “about 13 minutes” before the New York police commissioner made the public announcement.
London, who gave a press conference, said he passed the information to Pantaleo.
“He is obviously disappointed, upset,” London said of Pantaleo’s reaction. “But it has a lot of strength.”
London said Pantaleo will file an appeal of Article 78 in court to appeal the commissioner’s decision to terminate it.
“We are looking for him to get his job back,” said London.