The New York Police Department has begun a disciplinary process for two officers in the Eric Garner case. Area officials told CNN Officer Daniel Pantaleo and Sgt. Kizzy Adonis will have proceedings that will start in the forthcoming days and there is no objection from the US Justice Department.
The attorney for Pantaleo, Stuart London, states there have been no departmental charges issued to his client yet, however, they are expected to be received within two weeks. Prosecution for Pantaleo’s case will be by the Civilian Complaint Review Board, while the NYPD has provided an official for the case opposing Adonis.
Hearings for both cases will take place in early 2019, which provides preparation time for the attorneys and provide the best opportunity for due process. “For a case of this complexity it’s going to take some time to do that,” Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters Lawrence Byrne said.
Eric Garner died in 2014 in New York City after an incident that stemmed from selling cigarettes. Officer Pantaleo was the officer who tackled Garner from behind and used a chokehold that was banned by the police department. Adonis was a supervisor and one of the first respondents to the scene.