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NYPD Fires Police Officer Who Put Eric Garner in Chokehold Before Death

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Eric Garner

The New York City Police Department announced Monday that it is firing Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who put a chokehold on Eric Garner, an unarmed African-American man killed by police on Staten Island in 2014.

The decision was announced by New York police department (NYPD) Commissioner James O’Neill on Monday after an administrative police judge advised that officer Daniel Pantaleo should lose his job for his conduct during the arrest.

“None of us can take back our decisions, most especially when they lead to the death of another human being,” O’Neill said in a press conference Monday announcing Pantaleo’s firing.

Garner’s death came at a time of a growing national outcry over police killings of unarmed black men that would spark the Black Lives Matter movement.