The NYPD was recently given the green light by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to begin an internal investigation against two cops involved in the Eric Garner murder.
In 2014, a New York City police officer applied a fatal chokehold on Eric Garner, an unarmed man who police suspected was illegally selling cigarettes. The murder of Garner was caught on video and an uproar ensued when no justice was served in a matter where the officers on duty clearly and unjustifiably used excessive force. Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who choked Garner to death, has been on desk duty since the incident transpired.
The NYPD recently gave the DOJ an ultimatum regarding the civil rights investigation revolving around Garner's death as it did not want to wait any longer for the investigation to conclude. Hence the DOJ gave the NYPD the go-ahead to pursue internal charges against the officers involved.
The labor union representing Pantaleo—the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association issued the following statement “We hope that the NYPD’s eagerness to start the disciplinary process does not mean the outcome has already been decided, without even the pretense of due process.”
Noteworthy, the NYPD has since banned officers from using chokeholds on any suspects.
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