NYPD trial set for officer involved in Eric Garner case

Above Al Sharpton and Eric Garner’s mother speaks out following the hearing. 

STATEN ISLAND — The police officer that put Eric Garner in a department-banned chokehold appeared for a hearing with the NYPD Thursday.

The NYPD has set a trial date for May 13, 2019 and will last 10 days.

Officer Daniel Pantaleo has been on desk duty since the incident, and the administrative hearing focused on whether new information has been discovered.

Garner’s case has been in legal limbo since his July 17, 2014, death. The 43-year-old died after Pantaleo attempted to arrest Garner for allegedly selling loose, untaxed cigarettes in Staten Island.

Pantaleo was seen on video tackling Garner from behind, wrapping his arm around Garner’s neck as the man complained he couldn’t breathe.

His death became emblematic of long-standing tensions between police and minority communities.

Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, has tirelessly pushed for a resolution, surrounded by family and advocates.

“Justice delayed is justice denied,” Rev. Al Sharpton said following the hearing.

Protests have continued in the city for disciplinary action to be done on the officers involved.

A Staten Island grand jury declined to indict in Garner’s death.