The dismissal of Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD police officer accused of choking Eric Garner has been met with mixed reactions from Americans and family of the victim. Unarmed Eric Garner, an African-American man, was the victim of police brutality after he was innocently choked to death in 2014.
The unfortunate incident added to the stockpile of killings of innocent African-Americans by the police in the U.S. After the death of Mr Garner, a state grand jury and federal prosecutors declined to press criminal charges against Mr Pantaleo.
Despite the decision not to persecute, New York Police Commissioner, James O’Neill, based on a recommendation from a police department disciplinary judge announced the dismissal of Mr Pantaleo from the service earlier this week.
According to reports, Mr. O’Neill said mobile phone video of Garner’s death clearly shows the officer used a chokehold, which is banned by the New York Police Department (NYPD).
Touted as the most advanced nation in the globe, the integrity of the United States has been stained with the indiscriminate killings of African-Americans.
This and many unpunished crimes birthed the Black Lives Matter movement. This movement which originated in the African-American community garnered huge social media support after the acquittal of George Zimmerman who was accused of shooting and killing Trayvon Martin.
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