And the New York Police Department told the Justice Department that it will soon move forward with disciplinary proceedings against the police officers involved in killing Eric Garner, unless the Justice Department announces its own criminal charges by August 31. Eric Garner, an African-American father and Staten Island resident, was killed when police officers wrestled him to the ground, pinned him down and applied a fatal chokehold exactly four years ago today.
On Monday, the NYPD criticized the Justice Department for the “extraordinary passage of time” in its investigation. The NYPD’s disciplinary proceedings would include officer Daniel Pantaleo, who applied the fatal chokehold, and sergeant Kizzy Adonis, one of the first supervisors at the scene. Officer Pantaleo is still an officer with the New York Police Department working paid desk duty, and he’s received multiple raises since Eric Garner’s death.