NYPD Discovery Hearing Set for Cop Who Killed Eric Garner
Thursday's hearing could result in Daniel Pantaleo being terminated from the force.
Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who put Eric Garner in a chokehold which killed him, is scheduled for a disciplinary conference on Thursday that could result in the termination of his job.
Pantaleo has since been reassigned to desk duty after the 2014 death of Garner whose alleged offense was selling loose cigarettes outside of a bodega in Staten Island. He earns almost $120,000 a year since the incident occurred.
Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, has fought endlessly to bring justice to the man who prematurely snatched her son's life away. She took to the steps of City Hall on Tuesday to reaffirm her demand for criminal charges to be brought against Pantaleo. Unlike her previous efforts, this time should result in an indictment against the disgraced officer, according to a new interview with an ex-NYPD official.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio assured Carr this past summer that her son "did not die in vain." The mayor has been scrutinized for not doing more to bring Pantaleo to justice. Carr called the mayor out on his lack of action calling it "political procrastination."
De Blasio's vowed, a day later, to take action.
According to a letter released by the NYPD on Monday, the Department of Justice finished its probe and it will launch its own investigation.
"The NYPD has come to the conclusion that given the extraordinary passage of time since the incident without a final decision on the US DOJ's criminal investigation, any further delay in moving ahead with our own disciplinary proceedings can no longer be justified," said Lawrence Byrne, the department's deputy commissioner of legal matters, to Paige Fitzgerald, a deputy chief at the Department of Justice.
He continued, "My suspicion, based on my seven years as a federal criminal prosecutor, is that they have probably recommended an indictment."
Although a grand jury declined to indict him over Garner's death, it appears that steps are being taken to finally punish Pantaleo for his actions.
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California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Thursday the U.S. Department of Labor sent states a letter with that mandate, according to NPR. The Department of Labor said the roughly 420,000 federal employees who are "essential" cannot file for unemployment as they are "generally ineligible."
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Newsom said the decision by the Department of Labor's decision was "jaw-dropping."
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"From a moral perspective, there is no debate on this issue and we will blow back aggressively on the Department of Labor."
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Newsom encouraged people to continue to apply while the state figured out how to get the money. He estimated benefits that would last up to 26 weeks and provided a few hundred extra dollars a month. He said he knows it doesn't fix everything, but hopefully it helps.
His message to Trump: "Let us states do the job you can't seem to do yourself."
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Trump tweeted on Friday that he would be making a "major announcement" on Saturday about the government shutdown.
I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown, tomorrow afternoon at 3 P.M., live from the @WhiteHouse.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2019
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