A disturbing video depicting NYPD officers choking a man to death went viral earlier this week. Now, action is being taken to bring some sense of closure and justice to the victim’s family.
This Saturday, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced that Daniel Pantaleo, the cop that applied the chokehold, is being placed on “modified assignment,” pending the outcome of investigations by the district attorney and Internal Affairs. It is not surprising that such measure are being taken, as the chokehold is not permitted by NYPD departmental policy.
Upon seeing the footage of the “arrest,” in which the victim, Eric Garner, tells officers he “can’t breathe,” Mayor Bill De Blasio delayed a vacation to Italy. Rev. Al Sharpton also drew attention to the incident, holding a packed memorial rally through his National Action Network. Sharpton told ABC
This is going to be a real test to see where policies are in the city now and whether the change that we feel occurred has occurred.
Garner’s arrest occurred in Staten Island, where he was allegedly selling loose cigarettes for 50 cents each. The announcement that Officer Pantaleo is being placed on modified assignment can be seen as a good omen that the investigations will be taken seriously, and that such unnecessary measures will not be tolerated.
h/t: ABC News