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The New York police officer who put a vicious chokehold on a gentle giant of a man that instantly killed him — over a pack of alleged illegal cigarettes, mind you — has a history of flagrantly racists arrests and actions that put him under intense department scrutiny in the past and incited lawsuits.

Daniel Pantaleo put Eric Garner, a father of six, into an illegal chokehold while questioning him about his alleged sale of bootleg cigarettes. Chokeholds are outlawed by the NYPD. Even though the Pantaleo was accompanied by multiple officers to question Garner, Pantaleo put him in a chokehold that quickly took the big man’s life.

Pantaleo, an eight-year veteran on the force, has been stripped of his badge and gun and reassigned to desk duty while an Internal Affairs investigation is pending. Another officer involved in the incident has also been reassigned to desk duty but allowed to keep his badge and gun.


Garner, 43, had just broken up a fight when officers posted up Garner. The situation soon degenerated when Pantaleo placed Garner in a choke hold Garner is heard saying “I can’t breathe” just before he expires on the street.

Worse, no officer on the scene administered CPR and didn’t call in for an ambulance for 10 minutes. Moreover, when rescue personnel arrived on scene, they also did not try to revive Garner. The entire episode is under investigation at the request of the mayor of New York and Rev. Al Sharpton

Pantaleo, according to CBS News, that three men have sued Pantaleo within the last two years over unlawful, racially motivated arrests.  The city settled one of the lawsuits in which Pantaleo illegally strip searched two black men in their 40s on a New York street.

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