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The New York Police Department has stripped a Staten Island Cop of his gun and his badge after putting one man in a chokehold that killed him.
According to the New York Daily News, Officer Daniel Pantaleo was assigned to modified duty today. Authorities and the Staten Island district attorney are continuing to investigate the case, where Eric Garner wound up dead.
The demotion comes as a new seven-minute video of this week’s fatal confrontation was posted online. The clip shows no less than eight cops surrounding the an handcuffed and unconscious Eric. He appears lifeless at that point as his head droops on the sidewalk. The cops don’t provide him with any medical aid until the EMTs arrived on the scene and he was loaded into an ambulance. Click here for the video.
NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton was furious after viewing the video. The investigation is supposed to determine whether cops had a valid reason to use that much force on Eric. A source told the Post that they definitely didn’t.
Tactically, very little was done right,” the tipster said. “The first two cops didn’t engage Garner . . . They appear to know him. Do something to put him at ease.”