In 2014, Officer Daniel Pantaleo was asked to describe a chokehold, which is a forbidden move. According to The New York Times, Pantaleo said “you use your forearm, grasped with the other hand, and you pull back with your forearm onto the windpipe preventing him from breathing.”
In a video of his arrest of Eric Garner on July 17, 2014, Pantaleo clearly had him in a chokehold. At the time, Garner said, “I can’t breathe” 11 times before he died. Yet, Pantaleo denied having him in a chokehold. “No, I did not,” he insisted.
In response, administrative judge Rosemarie Maldonado said his explanation was “implausible and self-serving.” She said the officer was “untruthful” during the interview and should be fired.
Judge Maldonado said that the video alongside an autopsy that revealed hemorrhaging in Garner’s neck muscles proved that Pantaleo used a chokehold during the arrest. Nevertheless, she conceded that it was likely not his intention to choke Garner, so he was acquitted of strangulation.
Maldonado said the officer’s “use of a chokehold fell so far short of objective reasonableness that this tribunal found it to be reckless — a gross deviation from the standard of conduct established for a New York City police officer.”
For the past five years, Officer Pantaleo was on desk duty while his disciplinary and criminal processes were ongoing. On August 2, he was suspended. On Monday, he was finally fired.
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