The New York Police Commissioner, James P. O’Neill, announced Monday the expulsion of the body of agent Daniel Pantaleo, who in 2014 killed a 43-year-old black citizen, Eric Garner, whose last words, “I can’t breathe,” they gave a boost to the protest movement against Black Lives Matter police violence.
The expulsion takes place two weeks after a judge specialized in police cases found him guilty of not complying with the regulations of the body when using a drowning key to reduce the man.
“The death of Mr. Garner as an unintended consequence must have its own consequences. Therefore, I agree with the trial commissioner and his recommendations. It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer serve as a New York City police officer, “said O’Neill, according to the American press.
Eric Garner died on July 17, 2014 as a result of an illegal strangulation maneuver carried out by a police officer and declared as a direct cause of homicide by a coroner after an incident recorded on video in which it is seen that Garner at no time threatens physically to the agents around him.
Garner was selling smuggled cigarettes on Staten Island when he was arrested. His family received $ 5.9 million in an out-of-court settlement with the New York City Council in exchange for giving up filing a civil lawsuit.
Garner, a 43-year-old black woman, became the last mortal victim of a police action that has thrown gasoline into the fire of a country outraged by the death of other unarmed black citizens such as Michael Brown, who died in Ferguson (Missouri) by actions of another white policeman.