Justice for Eric Garner
Support Justice for Eric Garner
After five long years of obstruction and refusal to take action by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department to hold the NYPD involved in Eric Garner’s killing accountable, and tireless organizing by the Gwen Carr, Garner’s mother, Ellisha Flagg Garner, Garner’s sister, the Garner family, and community organizations and advocates, Officer Daniel Pantaleo was fired in August 2019 after a CCRB prosecuted disciplinary trial that concluded in June 2019 found him having violated Department procedures including a decades-long ban on the chokehold maneuver.
Throughout the entire process, Mayor de Blasio has refused to be transparent, withholding records and the names of NYPD officers involved, delaying disciplinary processes and attributed his own inaction on the Department of Justice, when in fact other officers have been disciplined (and even fired) in the past without waiting for a DOJ investigation or prosecution.
The fight for justice for Eric Garner is not yet over. Of the multiple NYPD on scene that day, only one other besides Pantaleo, Sergeant Kizzy Adonis, has faced any disciplinary action, losing just 20 vacation days without having to admit any wrongdoing, after cutting a deal with the Department.
Help lift up Eric Garner’s family’s demands:
- That ALL NYPD involved in misconduct related to the killing of Eric Garner (including those whose names may have not yet been released by the NYPD) be held accountable and dismissed from the NYPD.
- For a judicial investigation into violations or neglect of duty by Mayor de Blasio, Police Commissioner O’Neill, Deputy Commissioner Kevin Richardson (in charge of discipline) and others related to the case.
- For full access to ALL NYPD and CCRB records of the case.
About NYPD Killing of Eric Garner
On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner was killed on a Staten Island sidewalk after being placed in a NYPD-banned chokehold by Officer Daniel Pantaleo, during a false/illegal arrest while Eric pleaded “I can’t breathe” eleven times. The killing was captured on video, which showed a number of officers who used force in the illegal arrest, failed to intervene, and failed to provide aid. NYPD officials and officers also attempted to cover-up the killing, first claiming that Garner died of a heart attack, illegally leaked sealed records to criminalize Garner, and lying on official reports.
NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo and other officers responsible for misconduct should have been fired years ago. Instead, Pantaleo has been taking home a six-figure salary with overtime almost every year since killing Garner in 2014 and has had his base pay increased at least twice -- and the other officers who engaged in misconduct have also remained on the force. This is unacceptable. We stand with Eric Garner's family to demand Mayor de Blasio and NYPD #FirePantaleo and other officers for killing #EricGarner and related misconduct.