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  • The NYPD filed departmental charges against officer
    Daniel Pantaleo, local media outlets reported
    Saturday.
  • A case against his supervising NYPD sergeant, Sgt Kizzy
    Adonis, is still pending.
  • The charges come four years after 43-year-old Garner’s
    July 2014 death, which sparked protests about police treatment
    of black people.

The New York Police Department reportedly filed formal
departmental charges against an officer who placed Staten Island
man Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold.

The NYPD charged officer Daniel Pantaleo with violating
department regulations,
WABC
reported Saturday.

A case against his supervising NYPD sergeant, Sgt Kizzy Adonis,
is still pending.

The charges come four years after 43-year-old Garner’s July 2014
death, which sparked protests about police treatment of black
people.

Garner’s dying words, “I can’t breathe” — which he repeated 11
times during the arrest — became a rallying cry for the police
reform movement.

Police officers had been attempting to arrest the Staten Island
man on suspicion that he was illegally selling loose cigarettes.

Pantaleo is seen on video taking Garner down in a chokehold, a
move that is banned under NYPD policy but one the
officer’s 
lawyer says was taught by the police
department, according to the
Associated Press
.

A medical examiner said Garner’s cause of death was a chokehold
and ruled it a homicide.

Pantaleo is not currently facing criminal charges and therefore
will not be arraigned following Friday’s departmental charge and
will not make any court appearances. The Civilian Complaint
Review Board will hear and prosecute the case.

An NYPD official told
CNN
that disciplinary hearings for Pantaleo will likely take
place in early 2019.

A New York State grand jury previously declined
to indict Pantaleo, which prompted the Justice Department under
the Obama administration to launch its own investigation, which
is still ongoing.


The NYPD was waiting to see if the federal government would bring
charges against officers
before moving forward with its own.

But New York officials sent a letter to the Justice Department on
Monday saying it could no longer halt internal disciplinary
proceedings for the federal government.

It gave the Justice Department until August 31 to announce if it
would file criminal charges before moving forward, according to

NBC News
.

Following a wrongful death lawsuit, the City of New York reached
a $5.9 milling settlement with the Garner family in 2015.

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