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De Blasio Touts Pact to Fire NYPD Cops for Chokeholds as THE CITY and ProPublica Spotlight Officers Who Kept Jobs

Mayor Bill de Blasio touted a new disciplinary regime for police Thursday — promising to fire NYPD cops who use chokeholds after THE CITY and ProPublica highlighted minimal consequences for officers employing the banned maneuver.  “This is a sea change because it says: Here are the offenses, here are the penalties,” de Blasio said at […]

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In Garner’s Staten Island, Locals Say ‘It’s About Time’ on Cop Verdict

Additional reporting by Yoav Gonen On the street where a Staten Island cop choked Eric Garner as he gasped, “I can’t breathe,” an NYPD judge’s recommendation to fire the officer came five years too late. “It’s about time. He should’ve already been fired,” Tiara Banks, 30, said of Officer Daniel Pantaleo. “To see him walking […]

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Mayor’s Garner-Inspired Cop Discipline Overhaul Questioned

When federal authorities refused last week to charge a police officer in the 2014 death of Eric Garner, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new policy aimed at speeding up justice. Cops who kill an unarmed civilian will immediately face discipline proceedings — unless the dead person’s family wants to wait until any possible criminal […]

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Eric Garner’s Mother Tells Mayor to ‘Stand Up’ After Feds Ditch Case

Gwen Carr’s lawyer told her late Monday afternoon that a top Department of Justice official wanted to meet the next morning. By then, Eric Garner’s mother already had heard from news reports that the feds were planning an announcement Tuesday. Shortly before the meeting, family members learned the DOJ wouldn’t move forward with charges against […]

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Little Change and Little Hope on the Staten Island Street Where Eric Garner Died

Nearly five years after Eric Garner’s death, the Staten Island cop who choked him as he gasped, “I can’t breathe” faces an NYPD administrative trial beginning Monday. But Garner’s friends say that little has changed on Bay Street since the deadly confrontation — and they doubt Officer Daniel Pantaleo will face any serious consequences. “Hell, […]