(NEW YORK, N.Y., 8/19/19) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed NYPD’s decision to fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo for causing the death of Eric Garner on July 17, 2014.
Earlier this month, an NYPD judge recommended that Officer Pantaleo be fired for fatally choking Eric Garner in 2014. This came after the Department of Justice declined to bring federal charges against Pantaelo.
In a statement, CAIR-NY Litigation Director Ahmed Mohamed said:
“Nothing will bring back Eric Garner; however, we are glad that Commissioner O’Neil did the right thing in firing Officer Pantaleo. We hope this is just the beginning of the NYPD’s process of disciplining the officers involved in Mr. Garner’s death. The fact it took 5 years and international outcry to reach today’s decision means we must continue to fight so that law enforcement truly value the lives of our black brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, we continue to see a lack of accountability and transparency, in addition to biased policing that led to Mr. Garner’s inexcusable death.”
Mohamed cited to three recent bias policing cases, including police excessive use of force, filed by CAIR-NY.
CAIR-NY is a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.