Cynthia Conti-Cook, Staff Attorney with the Special Litigation Unit at The Legal Aid Society, released the following statement on the start of New York City Police Department (NYPD) Daniel Pantaleo’s administrative trial for the killing of Eric Garner:
“When Mr. Garner was choked to death by Daniel Pantaleo, in front of all our eyes and despite his many cries for help, we expected that the officer would, at the very least, immediately lose his job, if not face criminal charges for his actions. Instead, he has gained a pension, earned thousands of dollars in overtime, and still works for the NYPD.
The Legal Aid Society has fought for more transparency around the NYPD and the Staten Island District Attorney’s failure to hold Pantaleo accountable despite City Hall’s continued political protection of both.
We hope that a decision is swift and conclusive, and finally terminates Officer Pantaleo from the Department. The Garner family and New Yorkers of color who have long suffered police brutality deserve this justice.”