New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill on Monday announced that NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo has been fired. It was determined that Pantaleo violated department policy when he restrained Eric Garner with a prohibited chokehold in 2014 leading to Garner's death. "It is clear Daniel Pantaelo can no longer serve as a police officer," O'Neill said. The decision comes just two weeks after a police administrative judge found Pantaleo guilty of the violation and recommended his termination. The incident involving Pantaleo and Garner was caught on video. As Pantaleo restrained him Garner said "I can't breathe," words which played a significant role in the Black Lives Matter movement. Garner's family and activists have been lobbying for Pantaleo to lose his job for years.
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