NYPD officer in Eric Garner case could learn his job fate as early as Friday: sources

Juliet Papa
August 01, 2019 - 7:07 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Recommendations by an NYPD departmental judge in the case of officer Daniel Pantaleo is expected as soon as Friday, sources tell 1010 WINS. 

The recommendations could decide the fate of the officer and the role he played in the death of Eric Garner. 

He died five years ago on Staten Island in the process of an arrest and confrontation over the sale of loose cigarettes. The action sparked outrage and protests. And during Mayor Bill de Blasio and Sen. Cory Booker's opening statements at Wednesday's Democratic presidential candidate debate in Detroit, hecklers shouted, "fire Pantaleo!"

Critics of Pantaleo say he used an illegal chokehold to subdue Garner, while Pantaleo's attorney said it was an authorized seat belt hold. 

The recommendations will go to Pantaleo's attorney and the civilian complaint review board -- which brought and tried the case before the departmental judge -- before NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill has a final say on the outcome. O'Neill said Thursday morning that a decision could come within two weeks. 

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