Just when the survivors of Eric Garner thought it was safe …
The White New York police officer who killed Garner with an unrelenting and outlawed chokehold in 2014 is now demanding to get his job back.
As a matter of fact, former cop Daniel Pantaleo is suing the New York Police Department to get back on the force.
Pantaleo’s lawyer Stu London confirmed to ABC News that a lawsuit was filed in New York County.
Urbanites will never forget the 2014 incident in the Staten Island borough of New York City when Pantaleo applied an outlawed chokehold measure to subdue Garner. Moreover, Pantaleo refused to release the hold despite Garner yelling that he could not breathe at least 12 times before dying on that sidewalk.
And all this over selling loose cigarettes.
The NYPD stated that it will vigorously defend its previous position. “We will defend the administrative law judge’s finding and recommendation and the police commissioner’s decision,” a law department spokesperson said, according to ABC News.
This decision goes along with the statement from NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill made back in August when he fired Pantaleo:
“None of us can take back our decisions, especially when they lead to the death of another human being,” O’Neill said during the press conference. He added that Pantaleo “can no longer effectively serve as a New York City police officer.”
ABC News also caught up with the Rev. Al Sharpton who expressed outrage over Pantaleo’s gall to try to force the NYPD to give him his job back.
“Pantaleo’s decision to seek his reinstatement is not only disrespectful to the police commissioner and NYPD, but also the Garner family,” Sharpton said.