The New York Police Department has begun disciplinary proceedings against an officer involved in the infamous 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner.
Officer Daniel Pantaleo will face disciplinary proceedings in the internal case to be heard and by the Civilian Complaint Review Board, a police spokesman told WABC-TV on Friday (July 20).
Pantelo was seen on a cellphone video putting Garner in a chokehold, which is banned under NYPD policy. His lawyers, however, say he used a takedown move taught by the police department and expects to be vindicated after the trial.
The NYPD’s decision to discipline Pantelo four years after the incident comes on the heels of a letter sent to the U.S> Department of Justice by Larry Byrne, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of legal matters. In the letter, Byrne said the department had waited long enough for federal prosecutors to act in the Garner case.