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NYPD Officer Who Placed Eric Garner In Chokehold Will Face Trial

July 21, 2018 - 2:50 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- The NYPD has charged Daniel Pantaleo with violating NYPD rules against using a chokehold to subdue suspects.

A police spokesman says departmental charges were presented to Pantaleo, 33, on Friday. 

Pantaleo is accused of using excessive force during the arrest of Eric Garner on July 17, 2014. Garner repeatedly shouted that he could not breathe while Pantaleo had his arm around his neck. 

The incident was caught on video, which quickly went viral and sparked nationwide protests about police treatment of black people.

NYPD officials had been waiting to see whether federal prosecutors would bring criminal charges but decided to move forward.

A police watchdog agency called the Civilian Complaint Review Board will prosecute Pantaleo, who has been on desk duty since the incident.

Pantaleo's lawyer told the Associated Press that he used a takedown move taught by police and expects to be vindicated after trial.