NYPD Judge: Officer Pantaleo Was “Untruthful”

We’re learning more about an NYPD judge’s recommendation that Officer Daniel Pantaleo be fired for the death of Eric Garner.

According to an opinion obtained by the New York Times, Rosemarie Maldonado said Pantaleo was untruthful with investigators in the aftermath of Garner’s death.She said his use of a chokehold was “reckless” and “a gross deviation from the standard of conduct established for a New York City police officer.”

Speaking with investigators, Pantaleo denied using a prohibited chokehold.Maldonado called that “implausible and self-serving.”She accused Pantaleo of a glaring dereliction of responsibility, saying it precipitated a tragic outcome.

Garner died five years ago, repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” in an incident caught on video.His death set off waves of protests around New York City.

A grand jury on Staten Island declined to indict Pantaleo and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn decided not to bring charges.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill is expected to decide by the end of the month whether to accept the recommendation of Maldonado and fire Pantaleo.

Source: New York Times

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