NYPD officer accused of fatally choking Eric Garner fired from department

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The New York City police officer accused of choking to death Eric Garner in 2014 was fired today.

Officer Daniel Pantaleo, a 13-year department veteran, was accused of placing a banned chokehold on Garner during an arrest five years ago in New York as Garner cried, “I can’t breathe.” An autopsy found Garner’s death was caused in part by a chokehold, and the case was ruled a homicide. Video of the arrest triggered nationwide protests.

The Justice Department announced in July that it would not be pursuing federal charges against Pantaleo.

Pantaleo has been fired and will not receive his NYPD pension, Commissioner James O’Neill said today. This announcement came five years after Garner’s death.



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