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NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill Expected to Resign


Added 11-04-19 02:04:03pm EST - “O'Neill was widely criticized for firing a police officer five years after he choked Eric Garner to death.” - Nationalreview.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill Expected to Resign | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

O’Neill, 62, led the largest police force in the U.S. for three years. He is expected to be replaced by NYPD chief of detectives Dermot Shea, according to CNN.

O’Neill was widely criticized by rank-and-file officers and their union organizers for firing a police officer five years after he choked Eric Garner to death in an incident that galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement.

In July 2014, police supervisors sent Officer Daniel Pantaleo and his partner to arrest Garner, who they suspected of selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island. Pantaleo tackled Garner from behind, holding him down with other officers.

Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry at Black Lives Matter protests across the country.

O’Neill fired Pantaleo in August 2019 after NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemarie Maldonado found Pantaleo guilty of using a chokehold, which is banned by the NYPD. However, Maldonado cleared Pantaleo of the allegation that he intentionally killed Garner.

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