Review Board Recommends Stiffest Punishment for Officer in Eric Garner Case

The city medical examiner found that Mr. Garner died from a chokehold and the compression of his chest by police officers. A state grand jury on Staten Island decided not to bring charges in December 2014.

Officer Pantaleo’s lawyer, Stuart London, said he would not comment on the allegations until the Department of Justice completed its civil rights investigation. He said review board investigators did not ask to interview Officer Pantaleo.

The review board also declined to comment. Citing a state civil rights law, New York City has recently argued that the disciplinary records of officers should be kept secret. A review board employee was forced to resign this year after releasing Officer Pantaleo’s earlier disciplinary history.

Mr. Garner’s widow, Esaw Snipes, said someone in her family recently received a letter from the review board telling them of the findings. Ms. Snipes said the investigation should have been completed much sooner. Ultimately, she said, it was most important to her family that Officer Pantaleo face criminal charges. Mr. Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, who had not been informed of the review board’s findings, said the Police Department should fire Officer Pantaleo and he should serve prison time.

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Filming Cops was started in 2010 as a conglomerative blogging service documenting police abuse. The aim isn’t to demonize the natural concept of security provision as such, but to highlight specific cases of State-monopolized police brutality that are otherwise ignored by traditional media outlets.

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