According to NBC News, the police officer responsible for the chokehold death of an unarmed black man will learn his disciplinary plight soon.
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) began disciplinary proceedings Thursday against Officer Daniel Pantaleo for applying a fatal chokehold to Eric Garner in 2014.
Sergeant Kizzy Adonis is also involved in the corrective report of events.
43-year-old Garner was an asthmatic who died on Staten Island on July 17, 2014, during an arrest for allegedly selling untaxed, loose cigarettes.
His death sparked national outcry, and “I can’t breathe,” a phrase Garner repeated 11 times, became a rallying cry for police reform.
NBC news sources revealed a medical examiner ruled his death a homicide, pointing to the chokehold as the cause.
A grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo, although the city of New York reached a $5.9 million settlement with the Garner family in 2015 for a wrongful-death lawsuit.
During these proceedings, Pantaelo could face termination from the police force.
On Thursday the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the city agency that acts as the prosecutor in police administrative trials, said the Justice Department had released its “hold” that put the disciplinary proceedings against Pantaleo on ice.
The police department said in its letter to the Justice Department on Monday that it would begin the disciplinary proceedings on Sept. 1 if federal investigators had not announced whether they would prosecute Pantaleo by then.