The NYPD has finally fired officer Daniel Pantaleo, the cop whose chokehold led to Eric Garner's death in 2014.
Commissioner James P. O'Neill's decision to dismiss the officer comes five years after Garner uttered his last words "I can't breathe."
The words became a battle cry for activists within the Black community, and his death helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement. While O'Neill maintains that Garner should not have tried to resist arrest, Pantaleo did not ease his grip on Garner while using a maneuver that was against police policy.
"The unintended consequence of Mr. 'Garner's death must have a consequence of its own," 'O'Neill said. "It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York City police officer."
Pantaleo will not receive a pension from the NYPD.
Eric Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, responded to the firing:
"We have other officers that we have to go after. You have heard the names. We know the wrongdoing that they have done," Carr said." "So I would like the press to put it out there, show the pictures, say the names, do the roll call because they all need to lose their jobs."
"But 'I'm still out here, 'I'm out here for the long run. You come out here against me, 'I'm out here," Carr told reporters. "And you cannot scare me away. Yeah, Pantaleo, you may have lost your job, but I lost a son."