Eric Garner, Officer, Pantaleo discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

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I can't breathe. I can't breathe. I can't i can't breathe. I can't breathe. I can't breathe. I can't believe i can't breathe. I can't breathe. I can't breathe eleven times. I can't breathe we will show you once again a portion of the video video of daniel pencil echo choking eric garner to death and i say that by way of warning because it has always been difficult to watch we will show you about twenty seconds of that video. You will hear eric garner saying i can't breathe. Four times is going to if you're and the police investigation. The medical examiner testified that the chokehold killed eric garner show. Kohl's are against n._y._p._d. Rules but the a departmental judge hearing the case found that the chokehold was acceptable for the first couple of seconds because officer pencil eos grip tip slipped accidentally according to the judge into a chokehold. It's what happened after that that killed eric garner. Here's how the police commissioner described that today. During the struggle officer pantaleo had the opportunity to readjust his grip from prohibited chokehold seles lethal alternative but did not make use of that opportunity instead even once mr gar was moved to his side on the ground with his left after arm behind his back and his right hand still open and extended officer pantaleo kept his hands clasped and maintained the focal it was for that reason and the judges finding that officer pantaleo did not tell the truth to investigators that the judge recommended that daniel pencil a._o. Be fired her recommendation. Dacian was addressed to police commissioner james o'neill who has the exclusive authority to make the final departmental decision in cases like at this stand before you today confident that i've reached the correct decision and that has certainly not made it an easy decision. I served for nearly nearly thirty four years to new york city cop before becoming police commissioner. I can tell you that i had i been in officers and to officers pantaleo situation..

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