'This Stops Now' panel addresses police brutality 5 years after Eric Garner's death

Community members and the family of Eric Garner rallied in Harlem Tuesday night in the hope of putting a stop to police brutality.

News 12 Staff

Jul 31, 2019, 12:07 AM

Updated 1,728 days ago

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Community members and the family of Eric Garner rallied in Harlem Tuesday night in the hope of putting a stop to police brutality.
It's been more than five years since the death of Garner in controversial circumstances, and the conversation on police violence has only gotten stronger. Social activists, community leaders and the family of Garner came together for a panel discussion on how to stop police brutality in their communities.
Garner was the subject of the infamous "I can't breathe" video after he was put in what many say was a chokehold by police officers, an illegal move according to the NYPD.
The event is called "This Stops Now" and has been hosted annually in remembrance of Garner. One of the event's hot topics is the Justice Department's decision not to file federal civil rights charges against the officer accused of killing Garner, Daniel Pantaleo.
A petition has been started, calling for the firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Ultimately, his fate is in Police Commissioner James O'Neill's hands.
He is expected to make a decision after a departmental trial.
 


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