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Black Latino Asian and Progressive Caucuses demand immediate employment termination of Officer Pantaleo

   (By our staff reporter) - After the Justice Department recently declined to pursue federal charges against a New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in response to the 2014 death of Eric Garner, members of the City Council, the Black, Latino, Asian and Progressive Caucuses and Public Advocate Williams gathered with advocates at 1 Police Plaza to demand that NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill terminate Officer Pantaleo immediately. On Thursday, July 18, 2019, the Caucuses sent a joint letter to Commissioner O'Neill, demanding the immediate firing of Officer Pantaleo. In addition, the Black Latino Asian and Progressive Caucuses stand in solidarity with Gwen Carr, Eric Garner's mother, in demanding that all officers involved in Garner's death face disciplinary charges and in calling for greater transparency from the NYPD and the Mayor. The Mayor and the NYPD must release the names of all officers who were responsible for Garner's death, and these officers must be held accountable for their actions through disciplinary charges. Four years has already been far too long, and Garner's family and the public deserve accountability, transparency and justice.
"Daniel Pantaleo and the other officers involved in Eric Garner's horrific death should be fired. I am outraged that our system has failed his family time and time again," said Speaker Corey Johnson, Member of the Progressive Caucus. "Last week, we learned that the Department of Justice decided not to file charges against officer Pantaleo. This was another slap in the face to Gwen Carr and her family. They have been denied justice for the past five long years. Simply put, those responsible must be held accountable for Eric's death."
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