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They are still investigating whether the cops were justified in their decision to tackle Garner
The eight-year New York police officer that was seen in a video putting a choke hold on a Staten Island man who later died has had his gun and badge taken away and placed on desk duty, police said Saturday.
Officer Daniel Pantaleo was placed on modified duty Saturday as cops and the Staten Island district attorney investigated the case told the Daily News.
Officer Justin Damico, who’s been a police officer for four years, was also pulled off the street—but was not forced to turn in neither his badge nor his weapon.
Furthermore, a new video shows Eric Garner, lying handcuffed and unresponsive on a sidewalk. He had received no medical help from cops who instead just emptied out his pockets. You can watch the seven minute video here.
One source told the Daily News that the likely cause of Garner’s death will be a heart attack, although other factors — including the illegal chokehold that’s prohibited by the NYPD departmental policy — “will probably go down as contributing.”
“There is no justification at all on this chokehold,” Al Sharpton said. “And there is clearly no reason, when a man is saying ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe,’ that you maintain this chokehold.”