Of­fi­cer to go on trial in choke­hold death

Tampa Bay Times - - Nation & World -

A New York City po­lice of­fi­cer ac­cused in the choke­hold death of an un­armed black man will face an NYPD dis­ci­plinary trial next May — nearly five years af­ter the man’s pleas of “I can’t breathe” be­came a ral­ly­ing cry against po­lice bru­tal­ity. An ad­min­is­tra­tive judge on Thurs­day re­jected de­mands from Daniel Pan­ta­leo’s lawyer to de­lay the of­fi­cer’s de­part­ment trial in the death of Eric Garner un­til July, when time runs out for fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors to file civil rights charges against him. Pan­ta­leo, who is white, is charged with reck­less use of a choke­hold and in­ten­tional use of a choke­hold in Garner’s July 2014 death in Staten Is­land. Garner, a 43-yearold fa­ther of six, could be heard on an am­a­teur video shout­ing “I can’t breathe!” as Pan­ta­leo placed him in an ap­par­ent choke­hold, which is banned un­der po­lice de­part­ment pol­icy, af­ter of­fi­cers stopped him for sell­ing un­taxed cig­a­rettes.

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