By: The Associated Press, policeone.com
NEW YORK — Nearly five years after Eric Garner’s pleas of “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry against police brutality, a disciplinary trial began Monday for the New York City police officer accused of hastening his death with a banned chokehold.
The start of Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s internal trial, which could lead to his firing, sparked protests in the streets and evoked emotional reactions from Garner’s family in the hearing room as video of the July 2014 confrontation was played.
The police watchdog agency bringing the case featured the video prominently at the start of the two-week trial, using the cell phone footage of Garner being grabbed and pulled to the ground to shield against alternate explanations and concerns about the credibility of the man who recorded it.
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