NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The judge in the departmental trial of the NYPD officer at the center of the choke-hold death of Eric Garner says the officer was “untruthful” during questioning.
In a 46-page opinion obtained by the New York Times, the NYPD’s administrative judge said Officer Daniel Pantaleo‘s definition of a choke-hold during questioning was “implausible and self-serving.”READ MORE: Tri-State Officials Bracing For Omicron Variant Urge Everyone To Get Vaccinated And Get Boosters
Pantaleo denied using the banned maneuver during the 2014 arrest on Staten Island.Firefighters Battle 4-Alarm Blaze On Upper East Side
Last month, federal prosecutors declined to file charges against the officer.
Pantaleo was suspended from the force on Aug. 2 after the judge recommended that he be fired. The Civilian Complaint Review Board also recommended termination.MORE NEWS: Advocates: Put Holiday Consumerism Aside For A Second And Remember Giving Tuesday Is About Helping The Less Fortunate
Police Commissioner James O’Neill is expected to make a final decision on Pantaleo’s fate by the end of the month.