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After Nationwide Calls For Justice And Family’s Tireless Advocacy, NYPD Fires Officer Who Killed Eric Garner

Civil rights advocates on Monday applauded the family of Eric Garner for their tireless advocacy over the past five years, as the NYPD announced that Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who killed Garner in 2014, had been fired. A number of observers also made clear that Pantaleo's firing—after five years of sustained pressure and a number of failures by the justice system to hold the officer accountable—must mark the beginning of a new era of social justice reform. Garner's daughter Emerald spoke shortly after the announement, expressing thanks for Pantaleo's long-awaited dismissal, but pledging, "the fight is not over."

Cops And Legal System Persecute Videographer Of Eric Garner’s Murder

Ramsey Orta’s resolute fight. The day after New York’s chief medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide and Orta’s video went viral, NYPD’s finest began their revenge. By retaliating against him, they sought also to intimidate others from providing such stunning video evidence of police brutality. As Orta walked near his home, cops piled from a van and surrounded him, holding cameras in his face and sneering, “Smile, motherfucker.” They cuffed and arrested him claiming he had a gun — which he didn’t.

Democratic Debate Interrupted By Protesters Calling For Firing Of NYPD Officer Who Killed Eric Garner

The opening statements at Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Detroit were interrupted by demonstrators protesting the death of Eric Garner and NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, whose chokehold killed the 43-year-old black man in 2014. During New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s opening remarks, the protesters began shouting “Fire Pantaleo!” The shouts grew louder a few moments later as Sen. Cory Booker spoke. “Last week, the president of the United States attacked an American city, calling it a disgusting, rat-infested, rodent mess,”...

4 Years After Eric Garner’s Death, We’re Still Waiting For Justice

Four years ago today, Eric Garner was killed on Staten Island by police. The 43-year-old father died after he was put in a chokehold by New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo. His last words, “I can’t breathe” — repeated 11 times while half a dozen officers did nothing to intervene — helped fuel a movement for police accountability that continues today. Yesterday, the city announced that, after waiting more than three years for a federal investigation into Garner’s killing to conclude, it will move forward with its own inquiry into Garner’s death. In a letter to the Department of Justice, NYPD Deputy Commissioner Lawrence Byrne wrote that if the Justice Department does not publicly announce whether it will bring charges against Pantaleo by August 31, the city will serve Pantaleo with departmental charges and try him in an administrative trial in early 2019.

Freedom Rider: Who Killed Erica Garner

Erica Garner was only 27-years old when she died on December 30, 2017. She was the mother of two children, one of whom was eight years old and the other just four months old. Ms. Garner became famous when father, Eric Garner, was murdered by New York City police on July 14, 2014. The killing was filmed and the world heard his last words, “I can’t breathe.” Most police murder victims die unknown and their deaths are rarely even investigated. Garner was killed when thousands of people mobilized in mass protest across the country over the issue of police homicides. Because of that pressure the City of New York went through the motions of prosecuting his killer, Daniel Pantaleo. But the grand jury in the conservative and mostly white borough of Staten Island refused to indict.

Erica Garner’s Death And Collateral Damage Of Police Violence

NEW YORK – Erica Garner — the 27-year-old daughter of Eric Garner, whose July 2014 death by an NYPD chokehold was filmed and went viral — died Monday as the result of suffering a massive heart attack on Christmas Eve brought on by an episode of asthma. Since the death of her father – whose killer was never indicted by a grand jury – Erica had been an outspoken national advocate for justice for all victims of police brutality. She even appeared in a television commercial for then-presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. Saturday’s heart attack was actually the second for Garner. In addition to suffering from asthma like her father, Erica gave birth to a boy this past August, Eric Garner III. Much has been written in 2017 about the crisis of black maternal mortality.

Erica Garner, Daughter Of Eric Garner, Fighting For Life After Sustaining Brain Damage

Updated Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, 4:55 p.m. EST: Erica Garner is still fighting for her life after suffering brain damage, following a heart attack over the holiday weekend. The activist remains in grave condition on life support, and the family is holding on and clinging to “a glimpse of hope,” the New York Daily News reports. “We got the wrong information; she’s not gone,” Erica’s mother, Esaw Snipes-Garner, told the Daily News. “She’s still here with us. She just needs some time to heal, that’s it. “We just ask that y’all give her time to heal,” Snipes-Garner added. “Keep praying for her.”

Eric Garner Videographer: Ramsey Orta Can’t Breathe

By Josmar Trujillo for FAIR - The only one punished since Eric Garner's killing is the citizen-journalist who recorded it. When we went to a New York state prison to visit Ramsey Orta, the young man who filmed a police officer choking Eric Garner to death on a Staten Island sidewalk in 2014, we didn’t even make it past the metal detectors. Last year, members of El Grito de Sunset Park, an NYC-based group that organizes patrols to film cops on the street, as Ramsey did, drove with me a few hours north to Fishkill prison, where Ramsey was being held. We called ahead to confirm visiting hours and protocols, and we brought clothes and books that had been donated to him by supporters and friends back in the city. When we arrived at Fishkill, we put our belongings into a locker and went up to the main visitors desk to check in, where a prison official told us Ramsey wouldn’t be allowed to see any visitors at all. Why? They wouldn’t tell us. We weren’t even allowed to leave the clothes and books behind for Ramsey. Frustrated and tired, we had no choice but to drive back down to the city.

Disturbing Secret History Of NYPD Officer Who Killed Eric Garner

By Jack Jenkins and Carimah Townes for Think Progress - On July 17, 2014, NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo wrapped his arms around Eric Garner’s neck and squeezed. He held tight as his colleagues slammed Garner, 43 years old and asthmatic, to the ground. Garner, who was unarmed at the time, gasped for air, arm outstretched, saying “I can’t breathe” over and over as officers piled on top of him. Then he was silent. The next day, when the New York Daily News released video of the encounter, Garner had already died from neck and chest compression. His death sparked national protests about police violence against the black community, and his final words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Man Who Filmed The Eric Garner Video Is Behind Bars

By Christopher Mathias for The Huffington Post - The man who filmed the final moments of Eric Garner’s life is behind bars. Ramsey Orta, 24, told his family “It will be OK” in a Staten Island courthouse Monday, according to the New York Daily News, as a judge sentenced him to four years in prison. The sentence is the result of a plea deal Orta took earlier this summer on drug and gun charges.

Erica Garner: Why We Can’t Let Cops Get Bonuses For Corruption

By Erica Snipes-Garner for Alternet. NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo killed my father, Eric B. Garner, on July 17, 2014. The idea that Pantaleo receives a substantial increase in pay after murdering my father and no one noticed is silly. Someone knew about this. This was Mayor Bill de Blasio’s bonus for a job well done and de Blasio has put his political future on the line to defend this corrupt institution. This underscores why we need transparency, the Right To Know Act, and a permanent special prosecutor. This also underscores why de Blasio is fighting tooth and nail to hide the disciplinary records of this killer cop on payroll. He already knows what we do not. As long as police officers like Daniel Pantaleo and Michael Zak are on the force and reporting to work in the 120th precinct and getting bonuses for corruption, we can never be serious about healing and building relationships with the community.

Filmed Death Of Eric Garner; Now He’s Being Jailed

By Christopher Mathias for The Huffington Post - LAS VEGAS ― Ramsey Orta says he’ll wake up crying sometimes, and he won’t know why. A few days will pass, and suddenly he’ll remember the dream. The one where he’s on that block in Staten Island, on that cool July day, filming a police officer putting his friend Eric Garner into a chokehold. Only this time, Orta feels an arm wrap around his own neck, squeezing tighter and tighter. Until he can’t breathe. “And then it just goes all black,” Orta said.

‘Failure To Supervise’ Goes All The Way To The Top

By Kemi Alabi for The Huffington Post - My father, Eric Garner, was killed by New York Police Department officer Daniel Pantaleo a year and a half ago, but last week marks the department's first official charge of wrongdoing in his case. The charge was not made against Pantaleo, the officer who placed my father in a fatal -- and illegal -- chokehold, but against Sgt. Kizzy Adonis, one of two supervising officers at the scene. We know Sgt. Adonis wasn't even assigned on patrol during the incident. According to Ed Mullins, head of the sergeants' union, she "responded at her own initiative." She wasn't the borough or zone commander. Yet Sgt. Adonis, stripped of her gun and badge, is now being charged on four counts of "failure to supervise."

Court Of Appeals Keeps Eric Garner Grand Jury Secret

By Edward McAllister in Reuters - A New York state court on Wednesday declined to release details of a grand jury investigation that led to a police officer being cleared of wrongdoing in the death of Eric Garner after his chokehold arrest in Staten Island in July last year. Lawyers for civil rights groups and New York's public advocate office in June called for the release of the grand jury minutes including transcripts of testimony, exhibits and details of certain grand jurors to better understand the decision not to charge officer Daniel Pantaleo for Garner's death. Garner was black and Pantaleo is white, and the case caused widespread protests last year. The lawyers did not establish a compelling reason for disclosure of the minutes, the appellate division of New York State's Supreme Court said on Wednesday.

Eric Garner’s Death Marked With Week-Long Protests In NYC

By Keegan Stephan in Animal New York - Over the last week, New Yorkers marked the one-year anniversary of Eric Garner’s chokehold death with over a dozen events and actions across the city, from banner drops, to rallies with victims of police violence from around the country, to a march with over 1,000 people leading to dozens of arrests. The actions kicked off last Monday with a march on Staten Island organized by NYC Shut It Down (NYCSID) and led by Erica Garner, Eric’s oldest daughter and founder of the Garner Way Foundation. “It’s important to keep bringing actions to Staten Island,” Erica told ANIMAL, “because the police still haven’t reformed out there.” The march hit many locations directly connected to Eric Garner’s story, from the courthouse where the Grand Jury failed to indict Officer Pantaleo, to the NYPD’s 120th Precinct, where Pantaleo still works, to the spot where Eric died, just seven blocks away.
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