NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in Eric Garner's death should be fired, administrative judge recommends

A New York administrative judge recommended that Daniel Pantaleo, the New York City police officer at the center of Eric Garner's July 2014 death case, should be fired from the department, sources said Friday.

Now it is up to the city's police commissioner whether Pantaleo will keep his job.

The recommendation follows a departmental trial earlier this year.

The officer, who was seen in cellphone footage from the July 2014 incident with his arm around Garner's neck as the unarmed black man repeatedly said "I can't breathe," has been on administrative duty since the death.

The judge's recommendation comes days after Mayor Bill de Blasio was heckled on national television during a Democratic presidential debate with calls to "Fire Pantaleo."

It also comes weeks after the U.S. Justice Department said it would not bring federal civil rights or criminal charges against Pantaleo following a five-year investigation.

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I am stunned by the failure to indict Eric Garner's killer.
I have no words left... just angry tears thru gritted teeth. #RIPEricGarner #RIPHumanity #RIPCompassion May the Lord have mercy...
Somebody's Eyes Are Lying.BLACK LIVES MATTER. WE NEED THE FEDS FOR JUSTICE. These Grand Juries In Ferguson And Staten Island And Blind In My Opinion.
Bodycams on police officers. Snuff films made legal. How about showing what justice looks like? #GarnerRiceBrown
"I. CAN'T. BREATHE." God Damn.
Deep Hurt. We're Men. Human. We feel pain. There will be one collective cry added to these tears.Then the birth of a New Anger. #EricGarner
We held on to hope, and hope was denied. #justiceforEricGarner
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Dear United States, it's spirit numbing, shameful, and sickly redundant. #EricGarner
Gillibrand on Garner: "I’m shocked by this grand jury decision, and will be calling on the Department of Justice to investigate.”
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I just found out about #EricGarner....I am in disbelief. #nojustice #thisisnotok
Make sure you do something to let YOUR government know how you feel when something is unjust., not JUST your followers on twitter...
so america is basically saying: it's ok to kill big, tall black dudes if they do anything except play sports...#ericgarner
Eric Garner's last words. http://t.co/5lbqIEm63t
How do "crazy" cops keep getting away with this?!? He murdered that man. Stop the madness. #EricGarner #ICantBreathe
HE said I can't breathe 11 TIMES!!! 11 times ! Over some cigarettes !!!! Some cigarettes!!!!! If your not from New York and you may not have seen the video of this tragedy. Please go REVOTtv,com I just posted it. YOU have to see it to understand the level of blatant and justice this is!!!! #IcantBREATHE #EricGarner Pls spread the word so people can see it!!!!!!!
u want to disprove the claims of ppl talking abt an unjust & racist system today but u would have listened during Apartheid, Jim Crow, etc??
I wouldn't feel right posting anything else before saying my heart hurts today.
Fruitvale Station..all to familiar
How is this America? #ICantBreathe
I'd just like to know what a cop WOULD have to do to get indicted - and what good are cop cameras since Eric Garner IS on tape?
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I'm ashamed. Mostly because I'm no longer shocked at things now-a-days. Nothing is shocking. #EricGarner
RIP Eric Garner and condolences to his family. We must start holding the police accountable for their actions. It's challenging to imagine how this could happen and be excused.
Non-white human beings are human beings. Human beings you don't happen to like, are human beings. Human beings incidentally, have rights.
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How can a man accused of selling loose cigarettes be killed with a banned chokehold with no consequences? I can't make it make sense.
An individual or institution can't kill Eric Garner in that fashion & not be held accountable. #ChokedWhilePoor New America's not having it.
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We're either shocked or we're shocked that we're not shocked #EricGarner #ICantBreathe
Just landed and heard the news. #ICantBreathe
I dare someone to say #EricGarner deserved to die & the police were just doing their job. I DARE THEM. I DOUBLE DOG DARE THEM. #ICantBreathe
“@brownmantshirts: I guess a video of a cop choking a man to death isn't enough evidence to prove a cop choked a man to death. #EricGarner”
How can you NOT indict a policeman for choking to death an unarmed man who screams 'I can't breathe' 8 times? #EricGarner

Garner, 43, who was asthmatic, was getting arrested on Staten Island on July 17, 2014, for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. A video a bystander took showed Pantaleo putting Garner in an apparent chokehold, which is prohibited by NYPD policies.

A father of six, Garner said he could not breathe 11 times during his arrest before going into cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

His death sparked national protests and the phrase "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry for police reform.

In August 2014, a medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide, saying the chokehold was the cause. A grand jury on Staten Island declined to indict Pantaleo in Garner's death.

Pantaleo has said that he performed a legal move called the "seatbelt" on Garner.

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