Furious New Yorkers are calling for criminal charges after a man’s death in a police chokehold was ruled a homicide.
“They killed somebody,” neighbor Charlene Thomas said. “Why? Because they’re cops, they gotta get away with this?”
Officer Daniel Pantaleo and another officer tried to arrest Eric Garner, a 6-foot-3, 350-pound father of six, for selling untaxed cigarettes on a Staten Island street July 17.
Video shot by a passerby showed Pantaleo, an eight-year NYPD veteran, grabbing Garner, 43, around the neck as he and his partner wrestled him to the ground. Police rules forbid chokeholds. Garner was transported to a medical center, where he was pronounced dead.