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New York cop involved in Eric Garner death fired after five years

The New York City police officer involved in the high profile 2014 chokehold death of an African-American man has been fired.
 
Daniel Pantaleo was sacked over the death of Eric Garner, whose dying words "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry for protests against police brutality.
 
A state grand jury declined to indict on criminal charges but a civil rights investigation was launched in 2014.
 
Federal prosecutors then said last month they would not bring charges.
 
The decision, based on the recommendation of a department disciplinary judge, was announced Monday by New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill. 
 
Mr. Pantaleo was suspended while awaiting the commissioner's decision.
 
In explaining his decision, Mr. O'Neill said mobile phone video of Mr. Garner's death clearly shows the officer used a chokehold, which is banned by the New York Police Department.
                            


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