GARNER COP WEDS
‘She was there for him’ after Staten I. chokehold tragedy
The NYPD cop accused of putting Staten Island dad Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold was married this past weekend, law-enforcement sources said Monday.
Officer Daniel Pantaleo, 32, and Alicia Cross, 26, exchanged vows Saturday at a church in Dyker Heights, the Brooklyn neighborhood where the bride grew up, sources told The Post.
The lovebirds first met shortly after Pantaleo was implicated in Garner’s death in 2014, sources said.
Friends said the loyal Cross kept her future hubby sane during the darkest moments of his legal travails.
“She was there for him when he was going through a tough time,” a pal said.
The friend added that Pantaleo has every right to live a happy life.
“He was just doing his job,” the pal said, referring to the cop’s fatal takedown of Garner. “He deserves to have a life.”
The couple’s wedding reception was at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, NJ, sources said.
For their first dance, the newlyweds waltzed to a cover version of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,’’ sung by “American Idol” singer Haley Reinhart, according to video posted by the reception’s deejay.
Garner died as he was being busted for selling loose cigarettes on July 17, 2014.
During the violent takedown, Pantaleo wrapped his left forearm around the 350pound Garner’s neck, according to cellphone video of the controversial arrest.
As Garner was slammed to the ground by cops, he repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe.”
Those three word have become a slogan of anti-policebrutality protesters.
A Staten Island grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo for Garner’s death, which was ruled a homicide.
The city settled out of court with Garner’s family for $5.9 million.
Pantaleo continues to work for the NYPD on Staten Island, although he’s not on the street, sources said.
‘DESERVES A LIFE’: Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who put Eric Garner (above) in a fatal chokehold, dances with bride Alicia Cross Saturday.