family of Eric Garner has been waiting five long years for justice. It is my
hope that they get some peace and closure after today. The reality is that Eric
Garner would still be alive were it not for Mr. Pantaleo’s actions, and while
the system has failed Eric Garner’s family repeatedly for the past 5 years, at
least the right thing was done today. I commend Police Commissioner James
O’Neill for his decision to fire Mr. Pantaleo. Mr. Pantaleo does not belong in
the NYPD, and I am glad to see that this is now the case.”