The decision to fire Pantaleo, whose deadly encounter with Garner was documented on video and sparked mass protests took five long years to happen. It can in the wake of an administrative judge who earlier this month recommended that Pantaleo be terminated. The July 17, 2014incident grew from a confrontation as Garner was being arrested on Staten Island for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes or “loosies.”
Here’s more from NBC News:
Pantaleo, who has been with the NYPD since 2006, was suspended as soon as that departmental verdict was reached, in keeping with long-standing practice when there is a recommendation for firing. The 13-year veteran had been on desk duty as his case made its way through legal and administrative circles.
The NYPD’s No. 2 official, First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker, accepted the judge’s ruling that Pantaleo should be fired, two law enforcement officials familiar with the case told NBC New York last week.
Tucker reviewed the findings and had passed them on to Commissioner James O’Neill for his final review, sources said. Tucker reportedly found no new evidence to reverse the judge’s decision.
Patrick J. Lynch, president of the city’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, warned O’Neill that Pantaleo’s termination would be a morale blow to his members.
“He will lose his police department,” Lynch had said.