After five long years of fighting with the New York City Police Department the man accused of using an illegal chokehold on Eric Garner, an unarmed African American man, was fired. The decision to terminate Daniel Pantaleo was announced on Monday, August 19th, and has left the people divided once again–even if it was a minimal consequence. Many officers are left unhappy because they feel their own representatives do not have their backs. As for Eric Garner’s family and civil rights activists, they believe the battle should not have gone on for as long as it did. Garner’s daughter Emerald spoke out after New York City Police Commissioner, James O’Neill, announced his decision to let Pantaleo go, and stated that the fight was far from over. Garner’s family plans to reopen the case in the future.
Raising the Bar hosts Jason Clark, President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and Attorney Adeola Adejobi are joined by Lance A. Clarke, Partner of Bernstein Clarke & Moskovitz, PLLC; and Staff Attorney at The Legal Aid Society, Cynthia Cook-Conti, to discuss police misconduct across the country and the lack of civilian support by the law.
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