Any New Yorker who kills another unlawfully, goes to prison. Not prosecuting and convicting this murderer, sends a strong message that cops are above the laws.
The New York City police commissioner James O’Neill has finally fired murderous cop, Daniel Pantaleo who choked the life out of Eric Garner more than five years ago.
“The unintended consequences of Eric Garner’s death must have consequences of its own,” O’Neill said at a news conference at police headquarters in Lower Manhattan. “It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York City police officer.”
“Mr. Garner was somebody’s son, somebody’s dad. Everyone in the NYPD understands that,” O’Neill said. “He should have decided against resisting arrest, but a man with a family lost his life and that is an irresistible tragedy.” Said O’Neill.
Here is the thing, every person being arrested has a responsibility to submit to the arrest and fight the case in court if he or she so choses, even if he or she believes wholeheartedly, that the arrest is wrong or unwarranted.
However, resisting arrest is not a crime punishable by death. Even if New York City and the State decided to make resisting arrest a death penalty offense, I doubt seriously that the police would have the right to execute offenders on the spot.
That is what makes the actions of Daniel Pantaleo’s actions so egregious.
A firing is not adequate redress for a blatant murder. Regardless of who you are, murder is murder. Police officers must be held to higher standards, they are given the power of life and death over citizens. We must hold them to stricter standards of accountability. As a former police officer I totally understand a cop making the wrong call in a split second situation in which he thought his or someone else’s life is in danger.
This was different, Daniel Pantaleo literally choked the life out of a man who kept telling him and the gang of other cops on to of him ‚“I can’t breathe”.
The police persisted in piling on. Pantaleo never relaxed his hold on the dying mans neck until he stopped breathing.
He murdered Eric Garner with callous and blatant disregard for human life.
The responding EMT techicians who arrived on the scene did nothing to aid mister Garner. They were allegedly fired.
Other than the other cops who participated in the lynching of mister Garner, The then Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan used his office to make absolutely sure that Pantaleo did not face justice.
As the Huffingtonpost) pointed out since the case occurred: In contrast to the action of the Ferguson, Missouri prosecutor in releasing all of the secret grand jury testimony in the police killing of Michael Brown, Staten Island District Attorney, Daniel Donovan (and now Congressman), on a motion by the NAACP, adamantly refused to make public any of the evidence he placed before the grand jury, or the reasons for giving police witnesses immunity, shielding himself under the cover of grand jury secrecy.
Since then Donovan has been booted out of the Congress by the voters in Staten Island.
A NYPD judge recommended firing Pantaleo for using the banned chokehold he did.
Incredibly, the much vaunted Federal authorities, under Trump’s Attorney General William Barr also failed to indict a single cop, even though the world witnessed the murder committed in front of our eyes.
No doubt that decision was taken by Barr who is well know to have said he has a zero tolerance for anyone who resist police.
It seems clear that Under William Barrs Justice Department, people who resist cops aggression, are fair game to become statistics of police homicide.