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NOTE: The disciplinary trial concluded on Thursday June 6th.

In 2014, NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo killed Eric Garner with a chokehold that has been banned by the NYPD for over two decades. It has been almost 5 years since Eric Garner was killed, and his family and community is still fighting for some measure of accountability from Mayor de Blasio and the NYPD. 

On Monday, May 13th, 2019, the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) began disciplinary proceedings against Pantaleo. The trial concluded on June 6, but the process to #FirePantaleo is far from over. It could take weeks or months before Commissioner O’Neill makes a final decision on whether Pantaleo is disciplined, and what that discipline will be. If the NYPD follows its outrageous and expansive interpretation of the state police secrecy law "50-a", the NYPD may not even make an official announcement of Commissioner O'Neill's final decision. Check back on this page for more information about future actions to demand full transparency about disciplinary action (if any) that is taken against Officer Pantaleo and that the NYPD fire him and all officers involved in killing Eric Garner and related misconduct.

For information about what happened each day in the trial room, check our daily court summaries.

 

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. 

News on Eric Garner

Police Accountability Advocates: At Pantaleo Trial Today, NYPD Inspector Confirmed that a Prohibited Chokehold Was Used to Kill Eric Garner

New York, NY – Police accountability organizers present at NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo’s trial today said testimony from a key NYPD witness confirmed that a chokehold unequivocally prohibited by the NYPD for over 20 years was used to kill Eric Garner.

“Pantaleo’s entire legal defense was discredited today by NYPD Inspector Dee. Pantaleo’s lawyers have been falsely claiming that Pantaleo didn't use a chokehold when he killed Eric Garner. But as the NYPD Inspector noted today in trial, not only were chokeholds banned without exception at the time Eric was choked and killed, so-called "seatbelt maneuvers" were not even taught when Pantaleo was in the police academy, or when he went through plainclothes officer training,” said Loyda Colon, Co-Director of the Justice Committee and a spokesperson for Communities United for Police Reform (CPR).

“I’m Tired of the Lies. We All Saw the Truth On Video”: In New Statement, Gwen Carr, Eric Garner’s Mother, Reacts to First Day of Pantaleo's Trial

New York, NY – Gwen Carr, Eric Garner’s mother, released the following statement after experiencing the first day of the NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo’s trial for killing Garner: 

“Today was very hard. My family and I had to sit through Pantaleo's attorneys try to blame my son Eric Garner for his own murder.  I'm tired of the lies and misdirection from Daniel Pantaleo’s lawyers. Today we heard the truth - my son was murdered during an illegal arrest. He had just broken up a fight. The police who claim he was selling loosies have been lying all along, just like we've said. They can call Pantaleo's chokehold whatever fancy term they want to try to confuse people; it doesn't matter – because the facts and the video speak for themselves,” said Ms. Carr.

“These Stunts Are Harming My Family and the City”: In Forceful Statement, Gwen Carr, Eric Garner’s Mother, Condemns Daniel Pantaleo’s Lawyers for Trying to Block His Upcoming Trial, and Help Him Avoid Accountability for Killing Garner

New York, NY – Gwen Carr, Eric Garner’s mother, released the statement below after today's NYPD hearing ahead of the upcoming disciplinary trial of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for killing Garner. 

At the hearing earlier today, Pantaleo’s police union attorneys engaged in another round of desperate stunts to try to delay the trial, help Pantaleo avoid accountability for his role in Garner’s death, and to attempt to set harmful precedents seeking to limit discipline against NYPD officers. Ms. Carr fired back at these last-minute legal maneuvers in a statement.

“I’m outraged, and I’m in pain. My family and I have been fighting for nearly five years to get any justice or accountability for Eric’s death. It’s time for Pat Lynch, Daniel Pantaleo’s police union lawyers, and the PBA to stop playing games and using dirty tricks to try to delay the upcoming trial where Pantaleo must be held accountable for killing my son Eric,” said Ms. Carr.

 
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