Eric Garner, 43, Staten Island, NY. -July 17, 2014
Case: Eric Garner died from an apparent chokehold that was administered on him by the NYPD. The police suspected that Mr. Garner was selling loose cigarettes from pack with a tax stamp when they approached Mr. Garner. Office Daniel Pantaleo who administered the chokehold, was trying to arrest Mr. Garner who was resisting arrest. That’s when Officer Pantaleo put his arm around Mr. Garner’s neck and tackled him down to the ground while, four other police officer restrained him. Pantaleo removed his arm only when the EMT arrived. During that time, Mr. Garner pleaded with the police that “he could not breathe” and went unconsciousness. Neither the police or EMTs checked to see if Mr. Garner was alive. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Verdict: On December 3, 2014, the Richmond County grand jury decided not to indict Officer Pantaleo. This stirred up many rallies and protests nationwide. On July 13, 2015, the City of New York paid the Garner family $5.9 million dollars for out-of-court settlement.
Keith Childress, 23, Las Vegas, NV.-December 31, 2015
Case: The U.S. Marshals were conducting surveillance on the man and requested help from Metro when he fled. When police caught up with him, they claimed he had an “unknown object” in his hand. Assuming it was a gun, they shot him dead. The object turned out to be a cellphone.
Verdict: Both officers are currently assigned to the L.V.M.P.D. Community Policing Division, Enterprise Area Command, and have been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a review of this event.
Tyree King, 13, Columbus, OH.-September 14, 2016
Case: A 13-year-old boy shot and killed by police in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday night. Officers said in a statement they reacted when the young teen, Tyree King, started to pull what looked like a gun from his waistband. They later determined that the weapon was a BB gun. The race of King has not yet been released.
Verdict: Columbus police said that the officers involved will receive mandated psychological support counseling, per department protocol. The officers have also been encouraged to take time off to recover from the incident, which will be investigated by the Critical Incident Response Team.