Officer who used fatal chokehold on Eric Garner fired

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Published on August 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:46s

Officer who used fatal chokehold on Eric Garner fired

New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill on Monday said he agrees with a police department disciplinary judge's decision that Daniel Pantaleo, who used a banned chokehold on Eric Garner in 2014 and died, can no longer serve in the police force.

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Officer who used fatal chokehold on Eric Garner fired

The white New York Police Department officer who used a deadly chokehold on Eric Garner while trying to arrest him in 2014, giving rise to the Black Lives Matter movement, was fired on Monday, Commissioner James O'Neill said.

The officer, Daniel Pantaleo, was suspended earlier this month after a departmental judge ruled that the officer should be fired.

He had previously been on desk duty since he was seen in widely viewed cellphone videos using a banned chokehold on Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk during an attempted arrest.

Police believed Garner was selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

Garner's repeated dying cries of "I can't breathe," widely viewed on social media, became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement, which protests what its leaders call the disparate use of excessive force against black people across the United States.

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