Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who used the apparent chokehold on Eric Garner, who died after being attacked by cops, was stripped of his gun and badge. Last week, video emerged from the brutal confrontation in Staten Island that showed officers choke Garner after questioning him for no apparent reason.
Another officer named Justin Damico, according to the Daily News, was placed on desk duty, but will retain his gun and badge. He has been with the NYPD for four years.
This isn’t Panteleo’s first run in with the law. Court records show that within the past two years, three men sued Pantaleo in federal court over allegedly unlawful, racially motivated arrests.
In addition to the actions taken against the officers, several EMT workers have also been removed from their jobs.
Four emergency workers involved in the medical response for a New York City man who died in police custody after being put in an apparent chokehold have been placed barred from responding to 911 calls, the Fire Department of New York said.
The two EMTs and two paramedics removed from the city’s emergency response system are the latest public safety workers to face reassignment as questions mount about Thursday’s death of Eric Garner. Two police officers – including the one who put his arm around Garner’s neck – have been put on desk duty.
The medics’ modified duty restrictions will remain in effect pending an investigation into their actions, fire department spokesman James Long said Sunday.
Rev. Al Sharpton demanded justice for Garner and accountability from citizens who attack police officers during an appeal from the pulpit at Manhattan’s Riverside Church.
Garner was “choked by New York City policemen,” the Harlem preacher told the congregation. “What bothers me is that the nation watches a man say `I can’t breathe’ and the choking continues, and police surround him and none of them even say, `Wait a minute, stop! He can’t breathe!'”
Garner’s funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at the Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn.