New York, New York
April 08, 2014
Agencies: New York Police Department NYPD
Cause of death: Choking
Last updated: 10 months ago
Eric Garner, a 43-year-old asthmatic father of six, was confronted by New York City police officers for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. When he resisted being cuffed, an officer appeared to put him in a chokehold—a tactic banned by the department since 1993. A video of the arrest, first obtained by the New York Daily News, shows Garner gasping,"I can't breathe!" while officers relentlessly smother him. On Saturday, June 13, the New York Times reported that New York Police Department officers failed to disclose key details in initial reports on the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man in Staten Island who died in their custody last July. Internal documents prepared hours after his death did not mention that Officer Daniel Pantaleo had wrapped his arm around Garner's neck in a chokehold.
On April 4, 2016, nearly a year after Eric Garner was killed, it was revealed that Officer Pantaleo had previously been disciplined for using excessive force in a prior incident.
Late on Wednesday July 22, 2015, a judge ordered the release of a summary of misconduct findings against the New York City police officer who held Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold.
On July 23, 2015, the New York Times reported that State Supreme Court judge, Justice Alice Schlesinger, ordered the release of a summary of misconduct findings against Daniel Pantaleo. The information had been sought by the Legal Aid Society under the Freedom of Information Act.
on July 29, a NY appeals court affirmed the decision not to release the grand jury minutes underlying the decision not to indict Officer Pantaleo On August 17, 2015, it was reported that The Staten Island and state branches of the NAACP have appealed to New York's highest court to unseal the grand jury record.
It was reported on August 21, 2015 that a Staten Island judge denied the Civilian Complaint Review Board's request for testimony heard by the grand jury.
On January 8, 2016, an NYPD sergeant was stripped of her gun and shield Friday after she was brought up on departmental charges in the death of Eric Garner, police said. Sgt. Kizzy Adonis was placed on modified duty, facing four counts of “failure to supervise,” according to a union official. Officer Pantaleo had yet to be disciplined.
On February 12, 2016, it was reported that Federal prosecutors had begun presenting evidence to a grand jury in the death of Eric Garner, according to published reports.
On September 6, 2016, about half a dozen elected New York City officials joined Garner’s mother in filing legal action to unseal Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s misconduct record. Earlier this year a state court rejected the request.
On October 25, 2016, it was reported that the Justice Department had replaced the New York team of agents and lawyers investigating the death of Eric Garner, a highly unusual shake-up that could jump-start the long-stalled case. According to the New York Times report, the case had been slowed by a dispute because federal prosecutors and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials in New York opposed bringing charges, while prosecutors with the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department in Washington argued there was clear evidence to do so.
On November 7 2018, The Daily News reported that the investigation has taken so long that witnesses, including the medical examiner, cannot remember details.
Manhattan prosecutors reduced drug charges against the man who filmed the chokehold death of Eric Garner after lab results showed he’d sold an undercover cop fake ecstasy. Ramsey Orta, 23, was arrested June 30 after he sold the officer three zipper bags of what he claimed was molly for $40, according to the criminal complaint. He was originally booked on felony drug possession and sale. He now faces misdemeanor raps. Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Louis Nock reduced his bond from $15,000 to $8,000 and he made bail, said his lawyer, William Aronin.
On July 17, protesters gathered in Staten Island to commemorate the one year anniversary of Garner's death at the hands of New York Police.
October 2019 Eric Garners mother wants NYPD secrecy provisions scrapped
On Monday November 22, 2015, New York’s Court of Appeals issued a six-word ruling denying a last appeal to open the grand jury minutes, ending efforts to open records to the public after a grand jury declined to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo and other officers involved in Garner’s death.
According to ourt documents dated February 23, 2016, the Garner family will receive a $1 million settlement from the hospital that dispatched paramedics to the scene.
A petition to fire Daniel Pantaleo being sponsored by Jumaane Williams is being circulatedOn the 2 year anniversary of Eric Garner's death, his brother and sister released a song entitled, "I Can't Breathe."