Dominic Carter chats with Garner’s Mother, the PBA, and counsel for the accused Police Officer
It’s the case that has been a lightning-rod nationwide for Police Community relations, but especially in New York City. The incident recorded on cellphone video where Garner is shouting “I can’t breathe!” The fatal arrest happened nearly five years ago.
At the departmental trial at New York City Police Headquarters of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo…where the Police Commissioner has final say on whether Pantaleo loses his job…non-stop protesting took place outside.
One group of protesters chanted…” Pattaleo is a curse…. It’s time to heal the hurt….” -Protestors
A few feet away a man held up a poster board with the now infamous police take-down of Eric Garner…and the man asks just about everyone that walks by….
”Does this look like a chokehold to you?” -Protestor
This day….day three of what is expected to be a two-week trial for Officer Pantaleo turned out to be a graphic day of Eric Garner autopsy photos. His mother in the front row started crying and left as the trial judge warned the graphic images about to be shown included hemorrhaging to Garner’s face and neck.
Under questions and cross examination…. the medical examiner Floriana Persechino testified Daniel Pantaleo caused Garner to have an asthma attack when he put the 43-year-old in a chokehold during the 2014 arrest. And that chokehold, which she said was very painful was:
“Part of the lethal cascade of events.” -Medical Examiner Floriana Persechino
Chokeholds are banned by the NYPD
Speaking to Garner’s mother, I said “you and I have talked since this first happened?” “Yes,” she responded. I then asked what had to be the next question. “I noticed You left when the autopsy photos were showed, I couldn’t stand through it. Was that very tough for you?”
“Oh yes. I just had to leave the room. There is no way I could have sat there and watched my son on an autopsy table sliced up.” -Gwen Carr, Mother of Eric Garner.
In July of 2014 Garner was allegedly selling single cigarettes — something he had been arrested for in the past. A Staten Island grand jury did not indict Pateleno. In the video…Garner is heard denying that he was selling cigarettes….and so far the Feds have not taken on this case.
The doctor testified:
“Compression of the neck by chokehold.” -Medical Examiner Floriana Persechino
“The hemorrhaging occurred at around the time of death.” -Medical Examiner Floriana Persechino
As I spoke to the President of the PBA, Police Union….Protestors tried to drown out their President Pat Lynch.
“What’s the bottom line on this trial?” -Journalist Dominic Carter
‘The bottom line, through the testimony of the prosecution is that this was not a chokehold. He did not die of asphyxiation. And the autopsy of the city of new york Medical Examiner, proves that!!! All we are asking for in this courtroom is for fairness.” -PBA President Pat Lynch
Pantaleo’s actual attorney Stuart London said this:
“Interesting, the trachea was intact, the hyoid bone was intact, the larynx was intact, there was no cartilage damage. I submit it wasn’t a chokehold at all. It may have looked like a chokehold when you slow it down frame by frame. -Stuart London, Defense Attorney
The medical examiner’s testimony came just a day after the commanding officer of NYPD training at the Police academy testified that the move done by Pantaleo on Garner meets the definition of a chokehold which is barred by the department.
I asked Eric Garner’s Mother:
“Your not sitting far …only a few feet away from officer Pat. What’s going through your mind?”-Newsman Dominic Carter
“ Lot of thoughts are going through my mind. I don’t even was say some of the thoughts that are going through my mind, but it very difficult….very difficult.” -Gwen Carr, Mother of Eric Garner.
The Police Commissioner of New York City…James O’Neill after the departmental trial is over can outright fire Officer Pantaleo, or keep him on the job and suspend him. NYPD Deputy Commissioner Rosemarie Maldonado is presiding over the departmental trial, but again, her findings AND any recommended punishment aren’t binding on the Commissioner.