August 2, 2019

Daniel Pantaleo has been suspended by the New York Police Department following a departmental judge recommending he be fired over the death of Eric Garner.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemarie Maldonado made this recommendation on Friday, with the NYPD subsequently saying it had suspended Pantaleo as is standard practice in cases such as these in which termination is recommended, reports The Associated Press.

Pantaleo has been accused of using a chokehold, which is banned by the NYPD, when he stopped Garner in July 2014 for allegedly selling cigarettes, leading to Garner's death. Video captured at the time showed Garner saying "I can't breathe," and a medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide, saying that he had an asthma attack that was triggered by the use of a chokehold, The New York Times reports. Pantaleo was previously placed on desk duty, but the Justice Department recently announced he would not face federal charges, with the statute of limitations having now expired.

The judge on Friday decided that Pantaleo did use a chokehold but not that he restricted Garner's breathing intentionally, reports NPR.

Now, the final decision on whether Pantaleo is to be terminated is up to New York City Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill, reports The New York Times. A spokesperson for the NYPD said not to expect a decision until later in the month. Brendan Morrow

June 5, 2019

YouTube has suspended monetization on conservative commentator and comedian Steven Crowder's account after previously deciding his videos are not in violation of the platform's policies.

Crowder faced criticism after Vox's Carlos Maza posted a compilation of Crowder in multiple videos attacking Maza by mocking his sexuality and ethnicity. Maza questioned why Crowder's comments do not violate YouTube's policies, also saying he has been subjected to online harassment as a result. YouTube in response on Tuesday said that Crowder's videos "don't violate our policies" and that "opinions can be deeply offensive, but if they don’t violate our policies, they’ll remain on our site."

On Wednesday, however, YouTube announced it would be suspending monetization on Crowder's account. "We came to this decision because a pattern of egregious actions has harmed the broader community and is against our YouTube Partner Program policies," YouTube said. YouTube linked to a 2018 blog post outlining the company's policy for when users harm the "reputation of the broader creator community among advertisers."

Maza criticized YouTube on Wednesday, saying this move to demonetize Crowder is not enough because his "revenue stream isn't from YouTube ads" but from selling merchandise, including a T-shirt that has a gay slur on it. "The ad revenue isn't the problem," he said. "It's the platform."

Crowder responded to YouTube's decision by calling this is the beginning of the "next adpocalypse," a term referring to YouTube creators in 2017 losing advertising revenue. "The ability for one to make a living online ... is about to change drastically," he said while promising a new video discussing the situation.

This announcement from YouTube came after the company previously rolled out new policies to crack down on hateful content, which is expected to result in the removal of thousands of videos. Brendan Morrow

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