Trial date set for NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in Eric Garner chokehold death

The white New York City police officer accused in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man in 2014 will face an NYPD disciplinary trial next May after a judge denied his request to delay it until July 2019. Daniel Pantaleo’s job status will be assessed nearly five years after Eric Garner’s pleas for law enforcement to be gentle as he cried ‘I can’t breathe’, just prior to a deadline to file civil rights charges.

It was confirmed Thursday as the union supported Pantaleo and insisted poor health was to blame for father-of-six Garner, 43, passing away as he was held on the ground that day.