The departmental disciplinary trial has begun for NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, five years after being accused of using a chokehold on Eric Garner, who later died on Staten Island in 2014.
Monday was the first day of the trial. If Pantaleo is found to have violated department rules, he could be fired from his job at the NYPD, where he has held a desk job since the 2014 incident.
A grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo on criminal charges for the death of Garner, who died after being arrested for selling single cigarettes on the streets of New York. Garner was recorded telling the cops, “I can’t breathe” during the arrest, which became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Read more at The Guardian.