Cop Who Killed Eric Garner Sued
The NYPD officer who fatally placed Eric Garner in a chokehold is being sued — again.
Daniel Pantaleo was recently listed as a defendant in a civil suit filed against the NYPD. The suit alleges that Pantaleo crashed his car into another man’s vehicle on Staten Island on June 20, causing “severe and permanent” injuries.
In the suit, Leonardo Aguirre claims that Pantaleo was speeding and following him too closely in his 2010 Chevrolet when to two got into an accident. As a result of the crash, Aguirre sustained injuries to his neck, back, left shoulder and knees. Police misspelled Pantaleo’s name in the paperwork regarding the crash, listing him as “Daniel Pantaelo.”
A police source also described the pileup differently. According to the source, Pantaleo was driving a marked patrol car while responding to an assault call with his emergency lights on when his car struck another vehicle.
The collision occurred just a few weeks before Pantaleo prompted national protests about police tactics after a video of him placing Garner, who was unarmed, in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes on July 17.
Pantaleo, 29, has been sued at least four times. Darren Collins and Tommy Rice won a $30,000 settlement after charging that Pantaleo illegally strip-searched them in public after a traffic stop in 2012.