I’m Police, And I Want Justice for Eric Garner

Whatever else happened that day, we know he used a banned chokehold.

Major Neill Franklin (Ret.)

In 2014, father of six Eric Garner was choked to death by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo while allegedly resisting arrest for selling loose cigarettes. He was unarmed. It took five years after his death — until just this week — for Attorney General William Barr to decide not to pursue civil rights charges against Pantaleo, who still wears a uniform and sits on desk duty. The length of time it took to reach this decision, the decision itself, and what the decision reflects on police officers across the country all brew a terrible sense of injustice in my heart.

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Eric Garner (Right) with three of his children. (Photo source: National Action Network/Associated Press)
A formal headshot of a Major Franklin in a police uniform.
A formal headshot of a Major Franklin in a police uniform.

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