For years, people have been rallying for justice to be served for Eric Garner -- the man killed at the hands of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo based on suspicion he was selling loose cigarettes -- but there hasn't been much done. Daniel Pantaleo dodged charges for killing an innocent man after prosecutors said there was "insufficient evidence" that he murdered Garner on purpose. The worst part about it is that they announced he wouldn't be charged just a day before the statute of limitations came out. Five years following the death of Garner and now, Daniel Pantaleo will not be working with the force anymore.
NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill announced earlier today that Pantaleo has been fired from the NYPD, CNN reports. O'Neill said “examined the totality of the circumstances and relied on the facts" and made his decision.
“In this case the unintended consequence of Mr. Garner’s death must have a consequence of its own. Therefore I agree with the Deputy Commissioner of Trial’s legal findings and recommendations. It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York City Police Officer,” O’Neill said.
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In addition to firing Pantaleo, O'Neill stated that the former officer will not be receiving his pension from the NYPD but he will be given back any contributions he previously made.
Eric Garner’s Daughter Petitions To Have Father’s Killer Fired From The NYPD
Emerald Garner doesn't want any more apologies.
Just a few days after the disappointing news that the police officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner will not be charged, the victim's youngest daughter has taken a stand to fight back. Officer Daniel Pantaleo put Eric in a chokehold back in 2014 when he was confronted by police for selling cigarettes on Staten Island. A video clip shows Eric telling police 11 times that he can't breathe, leading to his death that police ruled a homicide.
Emerald Garner has now launched a petition demanding that Daniel be fired from the NYPD. "My family and I have stood by for 5 years waiting for a decision from the Department of Justice. They asked us to let them “investigate” the murder of Eric Garner. What other evidence does one need to convict a murderer who was filmed in broad daylight killing an unarmed man?! My dad screamed “I can’t breathe!” 11 times. #WeDemandJusticeNow," the petition reads.
"I don't want any apologies. I don't want any condolences. I heard that five years ago. I want justice. We've been quiet for too long," Emerald said in a statement to. "I want to spread the word as much as possible that I will not stand for injustice, and that I will do everything I can to get justice for my father, and justice for all of my family members who have fought for five years to hold the officer who killed my father accountable."
Click here to sign the petition.