The cop who killed Eric Garner has a 24-hour guard — paid for by NYC taxpayers

Eric Garner
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The New York City police officer most directly responsible for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who was killed last summer by police arresting him for selling untaxed cigarettes, is now protected by a 24-hour armed guard. The cop, Daniel Pantaleo, was not indicted for Garner's death, but he is still under federal investigation.

Pantaleo's security team is funded by NYC taxpayers, and he is also provided with a panic button and security cameras in his home for additional protection. These measures were taken when the failure to indict the officer over Garner's death, which many consider to be a case of murder, resulted in Pantaleo receiving death threats.

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