The NYPD officer who was publicly fired today for his involvement in the Eric Garner case will now sue to get his job back:
DAILY CALLER – Former NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo is suing Commissioner James O’Neill in an effort to get his job back after being fired Monday following the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, his lawyer said.
Pantaleo’s firing was announced Monday in a press conference by O’Neill. The 34-year-old had been on desk duty after being accused of using an illegal chokehold while arresting Garner, a 43-year-old black man, which resulted in his death in 2014. Garner’s death was ruled a homicide.
“Obviously he is disappointed, upset,” Stuart London, Pantaleo’s lawyer, said about Pantaleo’s reaction to the firing, CNN reported. “But he has a lot of strength.”
Pantaleo will be filing an Article 78 in court to appeal the termination. The former NYPD officer found out about 13 minutes before the press conference that he was fired, London said.
Article 78 allows for people to appeal government officials’ decisions for being “arbitrary and capricious,” the New York Post reported. Pantaleo could get his job back and be awarded damages for lost wages if he wins in court.
The grand jury wouldn’t charge Pantaleo and the DOJ wouldn’t prosecute him, so I think he probably has a good case. Not to mention the public pressure no doubt put on the NYPD by Bill de Blasio, who essentially promised ‘justice’ at one of the 2020 debates.
I was wondering today if Pantaleo was happy that all this was over or upset about his job loss. Now we know. And I hope he wins.