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Police officer who put 400lb father in fatal chokehold stripped of gun and badge
Shocking new video has emerged of the minutes after an asthmatic, obese man was put in a chokehold that may have killed him – and the cop responsible has had his gun and badge stripped.
Eric Garner, 43, died shortly after he was thrown to the ground and choked-out by NYPD officers outside the Staten Island store in which he worked. This new footage shows him unresponsive on the ground for several minutes before help arrives.
The video picks up where another disturbing video left off, with the man seemingly unconscious after the violent arrest.
Officers Daniel Pantaleo and Justin Damico have since been placed on desk duty, with eight-year veteran Pantaleo forced to hand in his gun and badge, according to the New York Daily News, which originally made the original video public.
The second video shows Garner on his side on the ground as a crowd builds around him. Police first try to make the person capturing the footage leave, but they do not.
Cops try to talk with Garner, but he does not respond – his eyes are closed and his head droops onto the sidewalk.
They openly wonder if he still has a pulse, and one officer presses his fingers to Garner’s neck and says he does.
People keep asking why they aren’t doing CPR, and paramedics do not arrive for over three minutes.
The paramedic tries communicating with Garner: ‘We’re here to help.’
But he does not answer.
paramedic checks his pulse and says he’s still alive, then decides he needs to go on a stretcher.
Still not alert, Garner is rolled over and at least six cops, plus the paramedic, hoist him on to a stretcher.
Another person asks again why no CPR was performed.
‘Because he’s still breathing,’ and officer snaps at the person.
Despite Garner’s dire medical condition being apparent to the still-building crowd, many cops stand around casually talking with each other, some can even be heard laughing.
The officer who put Garner in the chokehold amazingly waves to the camera as Garner is wheeled away.
The damning footage came to light the same day his widow spoke publicly for the first time of her horror at seeing a video of her dead husband’s arrest.
Esaw Garner said she was deeply upset by the footage.
The mother-of-six collapsed in tears at a Saturday press conference.