There was a lot of public outcry just a few weeks ago when Attorney General William Barr declined to bring federal charges against the officer accused of choking #EricGarner to death.
Now, a New York Police Department judge is recommending that officer #DanielPantaleo be terminated, @cnn reports.
Pantaleo’s attorneys and the city agency that prosecuted the officer will now have two weeks to respond to Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemarie Maldonado’s recommendation. After that, Police Commissioner James O’Neil will have the final say on the officer’s fate.
Eric’s daughter Emerald Snipes called on O’Neil to do the right thing and fire Pantaleo. For now, Pantaleo has been suspended from the force pending the police commissioner’s decision. His attorney says that Pantaleo is obviously disappointed in the judge’s recommendation and that he wants to fight going forward.
It’s a turn of events in a city of unrest where for five years, activists and the Black Lives Matter movement have been trying to get justice for Garner. Snipes has been in the forefront of calling for justice on her father’s behalf.
“Today’s decision confirms what we already knew but we are reinforced by the Judge’s recommendation to fire Daniel Pantaleo. He committed police misconduct causing the death of my father Eric Garner. We have waited five years and the time is now for justice. We are calling on Commissioner James O’Neal to follow the recommendation and fire Daniel Pantaleo now. We hope that the congressional hearing in the Fall that Rev. Al Sharpton and NAN have called for will further our quest for justice and be the basis for continued global scrutiny on the way my father’s case was botched,” Snipes said in a statement.
New York City Mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bill De Blasio did not say if he believes Pantaleo should be fired but he did say the judge’s recommendation was a step in the right direction.
We will keep you posted on any updates in this case.