Federal prosecutors in the Department of Justice intend to charge NYPD cop Daniel Pantaleo with civil rights violations for his role in the death of Eric Garner in 2014.
Pantaleo is accused of putting Garner in a fatal chokehold explicitly banned by the police department. Garner’s death was captured in a video that has since become a rallying point for the Black Lives Matter movement, and featured him saying “I can’t breathe” over and over as Pantaleo continued to keep his arm around his neck.
Despite Pantaleo claiming that the chokehold was accidental, it seems the DOJ is close to pressing charges after more than 2 years.
“It’s going to happen sooner than later,” said sources within the DOJ. “Washington wants to indict.”
The plan has been approved by Attorney General Loretta Lynch following the controversial replacement of Brooklyn investigators by feds based out of Washington D.C.
“We already investigated this case over a long period and came to a conclusion which they didn’t like. It’s truly disgraceful what they’re doing,” said one source. The local federal investigators had earlier declined to charge Pantaleo, as did state prosecutors in a separate investigation.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association has accused the Justice Department for going on a “fishing expedition” with the intent to make a public example of Pantaleo, with PBA President Patrick Lynch saying “They are taking a third bite at the apple in an effort to reach a predetermined outcome.”
Advocates for Black Lives Matter have been calling for criminal charges against Pantaleo for years. As recently as earlier today, high profile Black Lives Matter supporter Shaun King wrote an article shaming the Obama administration for stalling on the Pantaleo case:
“It increasingly seems like Obama, Lynch and this administration, for all of their rhetoric about police brutality, aren’t seriously committed to holding officers like Pantaleo accountable. Of course he violated Eric Garner’s civil rights. Garner did nothing at all to warrant such violence. If choking a man to death doesn’t violated (sic) his civil rights, then what the hell does? Plus, the NYPD has been forced to settle brutality lawsuits on behalf of Pantaleo before. This was not his first foray into misconduct.”
Source from : USuncut.com