NYC Responds to Fatal Staten Island Arrest

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Rev. Al Sharpton marches with family members of Eric Garner (right) and hundreds of others during a demonstration against the death of Eric Garner after he was taken into police custody. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

Tragedy struck Staten Island last Thursday when Eric Garner died after being put into a chokehold by an NYPD officer. A video of the stop shows Garner repeatedly saying "I can't breathe, I can't breathe." 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he's ordered NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to launch a "full and thorough investigation" into the death of the Staten Island man. Police said 43-year-old Garner was pronounced dead at a hospital after officers attempted to apprehend him for allegedly selling cigarettes illegally.

Now revelations are surfacing that show that Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who put Garner in the chokehold, was involved in at least two civil rights lawsuits that ended up costing taxpayers $30,000 in settlement money.

Activist Al Sharpton mobilized angry residents in demonstrations over the weekend, saying that Garner shouldn't have died—whatever violation he was being accused of.

Joining us to discuss the chokehold and the response to Garner's death in Staten Island is WNYC reporter Kathleen Horan.


Kathleen Horan


T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

Alan from West Orange, NJ

This is clearly a case of where the punishment didn't fit the crime.
This officer clearly didn't exercise judgment befitting one of New York's finest. He couldn't have been scared - doesn't make sense. Could be racism - does make sense.

Jul. 22 2014 10:19 AM
James McGovern from Queens

It is not a crime to be stupid but the consequences can be fatal. Common sense dictates to follow direction from the police. If told to take your hands out of your pockets, please do so. The prosecution of quality of life crimes must be maintained or the chaos of the 70's and 80's will be back, the squeegee bums at every red light, artists who have to share tags on property that of course they don't own.

Jul. 22 2014 10:07 AM

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