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Daniel Pantaleo: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Daniel Pantaleo, an eight-year-veteran of the New York Police Department, is under investigation after a witness’ cell phone video shows him putting Eric Garner in a chokehold during an incident in Staten Island.

Garner, a Brooklyn resident and father of six, died after his attempted arrest for allegedly selling loose cigarettes on the street.

The death of the 400-pound asthmatic man has been ruled a homicide. The incident has sparked a massive backlash against NYPD brutality.

Here is what you need to know about Daniel Pantaleo:


1. He’s Been Sued for Strip Searching and Groping 2 Men

On March 22, 2012, two African-American men, 45-year-old Darren Collins and 42-year-old Tommy Rice, were driving in a car at 10 a.m. when they were pulled over by Pantaleo on Jersey Street on Staten Island. Although it was later proven there was no reason to do so, both men were asked to vacate their car and were handcuffed.

Then, according to the complaint you can read above, Pantaleo preformed a “humiliating and unlawful strip search in public view,” where he forced the two men to “pull their pants and underwear down, squat and cough.” The two men were then taken to the police station, where they underwent a second strip search where their genitals were “lifted.”

After the lawsuit, both men were awarded $15,000 from the city.


2. He’s Also Been Sued for Wrongful Arrest

Pantaleo was also sued over a separate incident from 2012. On February 16, Pantaleo is accused of arresting Rylawn Walker without cause and keeping him locked up for 24 hours. Walker claims Pantaleo manufactured misconduct in order to justify the arrest. You can read the complaint above.

The case has yet to be settled.


3. Eric Garner’s Death Was Ruled Homicide by the Medical Examiner

On August 1, the Office of the Medical Examiner determined that the chokehold caused Garner’s death, specifically the compression of the throat and “the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by the police.”

The death was ruled a homicide. It is unclear at this point what, if any, judicial actions will follow.

NYPD Chokehold Killed Eric Garner: Death Ruled a Homicide

A police chokehold killed Eric Garner, the man whose last moments were caught on video, according to the medical examiner.

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4. He’s Been Put on Desk Duty

According to reports, Pantaleo’s badge and gun were taken away, but he was not suspended, fired or arrested. He is serving in a desk job.

According to the Global Grind, the president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association called his transfer a “completely unwarranted, knee-jerk reaction.”


5. Chokeholds Are Forbidden by the NYPD

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The NYPD Patrol Guide states that excessive violence, and specifically chokeholds, will “not be tolerated.”

It reads, “Members of the New York City Police Department will not use chokeholds. A chokehold shall be included, but is not limited to, any pressure to the throat or windpipe, which may prevent or hinder breathing or reduce intake of air.”

NYPD Chokehold Killed Eric Garner: Death Ruled a Homicide

A police chokehold killed Eric Garner, the man whose last moments were caught on video, according to the medical examiner.

Click here to read more

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27 comments

    • Fired? He should be rotting in jail by now! In Europe, he already would’ve been. Disgraceful human being, and this has nothing to do with training. Millions of other arrests don’t kill people.

    • Fire? He deserves more suffering than that. He should get a taste of his own medicine. Like the saying goes “an eye for an eye.” If this is a result of their motto, “to serve and protect,” then I think we would do better without them. By of focusing on petty crimes, the police department have failed to realize that the real danger is not the citizens, but it is rather from the police themselves. The police are the people that we, as citizens of the United States, trust and depend most on protecting us. Instead, they abuse their powers to hurt rather than protect. If even one PO in the police force failed to do their duty properly, then the whole police force had failed. If this is the result of my taxes, then I would rather not pay any.

  1. The world is coming to an end.. America is full of sin and evil and i believe when God comes to destroy this place…. These demons and devils will get what they deserve.
    Honesty The KKK is still amongst us. They are in the court room
    hospital etc….. I’m feeling a type of way now…..

  2. I think firing him is still too little. He should get a taste of his own medicine and see whether he survives or not. Like the saying goes “an eye for an eye.” If this is how the police department trains their people (to kill civilians and get away with it ) then I thinks it’s best if we don’t have any at all (police).

      • Kkk? Nah the cops out here harass all colors. Because it obvious from previous incidents with Pantaleo that they get away with itersonally have witnessed it. Someone isn’t always around to record them. Why did it have to come down to a man dying to have to punish this obviously crooked cop? Rip Eric Garner.

  3. Arrest Daniel Pantaleo he murdered Eric Garner he should be sitting in prison awaiting trial like anyone else who kills a man for no reason. It was ruled a HOMICIDE did they not get the memo??? Why is he still walking the streets and living his life like the pompous ass we seen murder a man and then wave to the camera like it was just another day in his miserable life. Pantaleo took the life of a father of six kids ,family and friends who loved him?

  4. hmmm…maybe while waiting to be sentenced for murder…he could face off against MMA fighters…one after the other…day in day out…3 minutes…ding….oh…he roughed you up a bit…ok…you have 30 seconds…catch your breath there…here’s a sip. of wa…..ding ding…here comes another fighter….go get em champ..

  5. I will never understand how anyone can defend this type of situation. Yes, Police Officers do have a very dangerous job and deal with unpredictable people. However, this is a clear situation where they murdered an unarmed man who was clearly not a danger. If he did not submit to arrest, they do have an entrusted right to place the man under arrest. However, they clearly used excessive force and killed him. Plain and simply. They may claim it was an accident and there was no intent but their actions caused his death. Plus, the police and EMT’s response just reinforces the concern. Why was CPR not attempted? Either they realized he had passed and tried to cover it up, or they just didn’t care enough to attempt to save this human being. Enough of these situations…. Would someone in the Offending Police force just stand up and do the right thing for once?

  6. this PANTALEO guy is a degenerate lowlife scumbag loser killer murder piece of human waste ,, a disgisting disgrace and waste of life ,, and patrick lynch is another dick ,, all the shit that comes out of that guys mouth smells worse than my worst case of taking a shit ,,, this lynch dick praises cops and constantly gives cops no wrong ,, these scumbag nazi cop motherfuggers need to be put in front of a firing squad and blown away ,, straight up ,,,

  7. My feeling is that the other officers who stood by and watched and did nothing to prevent the murder of Eric Garner should be held responsible, too. At the very least, they should be censured, demoted, fined, and suspended, if not fired. Where is their leadership? Where is their accountability? Police officers are given a tremendous amount of lee-way and responsibility; they should all be held to the highest standards. Pantaleo should be prosecuted and fired. The other officers should be held accountable, too.

  8. More than just fired! He’s a lawbreaker and he should be dealt with by the law and get convicted, serve time, and NEVER be a public employee again! Why do these people get chance after chance rather than let go the first time?

  9. Too many people repress their homosexuality at all costs, including murder of others. This cop is, and did, just that.

  10. no mamen, deberían asesinarlo tambien. Y dicen que solo los arabes cometen crimenes eh.
    Ustedes son iguales o peores que ISIS

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