New York police officer fired for deadly chokehold on Eric Garner

The death of Eric Garner sparked protests against the treatment of unarmed black men being killed by white officers Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

The New York Police Department on Monday fired the white officer who used a deadly chokehold on Eric Garner, an African American, while trying to arrest him in 2014 as Garner repeatedly said “I can’t breathe.”

The incident helped fuel the “Black Lives Matter” movement in response to multiple incidents of white police killing unarmed black men across the United States.

The officer, Daniel Pantaleo, was suspended earlier this month after a departmental judge ruled that the officer should be fired. He had previously been on desk duty since he was seen in widely viewed cellphone videos using a banned chokehold on Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk during an attempted arrest.

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