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NYPD Officer Accused in 2014 Death of Eric Garner Fired by Police Department

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The NYPD police officer involved in the 2014 death of Eric Garner has been fired, confirmed Commissioner James O’Neill Monday afternoon.

“Daniel Pantaleo, the New York City police officer accused in the 2014 death of Eric Garner that sparked nationwide outrage, has been fired, Commissioner James O’Neill announced Monday afternoon — spurring a furious response from the department’s police union, which blasted the decision as caving to ‘anti-police extremists,’” reports Fox News.

“None of us can take back our decisions,” O’Neill told reporters, “especially when they lead to the death of another human being.”

“I agree, he can no longer effectively serve as a New York City police officer,” O’Neill said.

Pantaleo was suspended earlier this month after a judge recommended his removal from the NYPD.

“He has chosen to cringe in fear of the anti-police extremists, rather than standing up for New Yorkers who want a functioning police department, with cops who are empowered to protect them and their families,” New York City Police Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch said in a statement. “With this decision, Commissioner O’Neill has opened the door for politicians to dictate the outcome of every single NYPD disciplinary proceeding, without any regard for the facts of the case or police officers’ due process rights.”

Read the full report at Fox News.