Federal prosecutors want to charge Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner in 2014, but high-ranking Justice Department officials with the final say have expressed “strong reservations” about the move, according to the New York Times.
Pantaleo’s killing of Garner, using a choke-hold banned by NYPD regulations, was captured on video. In it, Garner, unarmed, is confronted by Pantaleo and other officers for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes near his home on Staten Island. Garner protests his innocence, and resists arrest, and Pantelo uses a choke-hold to bring Garner to the ground, the video shows.
As police restrain him, Garner cries out: “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.”
The Staten Island medical examiner ruled Garner’s killing a homicide, and it was the chokehold that killed him: “prone positioning during physical restraint by police.”