NYPD Admin Judge Recommends Officer Involved In Eric Garner’s Death Be Fired

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 21: Protesters gather outside of Police Headquarters in Manhattan to protest during the police disciplinary hearing for Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was accused of recklessly using a chokehol... NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 21: Protesters gather outside of Police Headquarters in Manhattan to protest during the police disciplinary hearing for Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was accused of recklessly using a chokehold that led to Garner’s death during an arrest in July 2014 on May 21, 2019 in New York City. Last week text messages between police officers revealed a response from Police Lt. Christopher Bannon stating that Garner’s death was “Not a big deal.” (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 2, 2019 12:14 p.m.

A New York City Police Department administrative judge recommended that the officer involved in the death of Eric Garner be fired, CNN reported Friday.

According to a source with direct knowledge of the decision who spoke to CNN, Deputy Commissioner of Trial Rosemarie Maldonado made the recommendation on Friday. Police Commissioner James O’Neill is reportedly expected to carry out Maldonado’s recommendation.

In the interim, a citizen review board and lawyers for officer Daniel Pantaleo will have two weeks to respond to the recommendation before O’Neill makes his final decision. Pantaleo has been on administrative duty since Garner’s death in 2014.

The decision comes just after Attorney General Bill Barr opted not to pursue federal civil rights charges against Pantaleo.

Earlier this week, New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio was heckled during the 2020 Democratic debate, with protesters yelling “fire Pantaleo!”

The mayor responded that there would “be justice, I have confidence in that.”

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