Six years after the 2014 chokehold of Staten Island's Eric Garner, making "I can't breathe" a rallying cry, N.Y. lawmakers pass a bill named for him.
“Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act” lets prosecutors charge cops who injure or kill someone by chokehold.https://t.co/rJmGLTtz1l
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 8, 2020
NEW YORK (77 WABC) — New York State is one step closer to making chokeholds illegal in law enforcement. The Assembly and State Senate overwhelmingly passed the Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act by a vote of 140 to 3.
The bill would criminalize the harmful use of a chokehold by a police officer that already banned by the NYPD. Officers would face a maximum sentence of 15 years.
“I have worked with my Assembly colleagues to reform our state’s broken criminal justice system. Holding law enforcement officers accountable for their actions is a necessary part of that,” Speaker Carl Heastie said. “The NYPD ban on chokeholds was not enough to protect Eric Garner, and it is not enough today. This legislation will put an end to the practice across the state.”
Gov. Cuomo has promised to sign the bill.
The legislation is named after Eric Garner, who like George Floyd, died at the hands of police during an arrest while he said “I can’t breathe.”
Officer Daniel Pantaleo was fired, but never indicted for Garner’s death.
After Garner’s death, NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo was fired from his job but was never criminally prosecuted.
We know this was long overdue, & too many lives have been lost or ruined by abuse of power by police.
Today honors their lives & puts an end to that in NYS. pic.twitter.com/2InwqtUWWS
— Luis Sepúlveda (@LuisSepulvedaNY) June 9, 2020
NYS Assembly Passes Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act pic.twitter.com/lZjHAT371l
— Pat Wong (@PatWongNYC) June 9, 2020