Daniel Pantaleo, New York police officer who was seen in a video using a chokehold during the deadly arrest of Eric Garner five years ago, was fired from the force on Monday.
NYPD commissioner James O'Neill said he would uphold a judge's recommendation this month that Pantaleo's contract be terminated.
Pantaleo confronted Garner on Staten Island on 17 July 2014 for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. The incident sparked protests and became a catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement.
"There are absolutely no victors here today, not the Garner family, not the community at large and certainly not the courageous men and women of the police department who put their own lives on the line every single day in service to people of this great city," O'Neill said.
Jeffrey Epstein, the millionaire financier who was accused of running a sex trafficking ring, executed a new will just two days before he was found dead in his prison cell, according to probate documents obtained by NBC News.
The documents show Epstein had more than $577,000,000 in assets — some $18,000,000 more than he declared when applying for bail last month.
The estate is left to a trust that was created on Aug. 8, the same day the will was signed.
Staff at a Texas junior high school colored in a black teen's fade haircut with a jet-black Sharpie pen to discipline him for violating the school dress code, according to a lawsuit filed by his parents.
The suit claims that the school's principal, discipline clerk and teacher laughed as Juelz Trice's haircut was colored in.
"Due to the lack of training, lack of proper policies, lack of employee discipline, failure to fire or reassign the individual defendants, and pattern of racial discrimination J.T. is likely to experience further instances of discriminatory actions at the Pearland ISD," the lawsuit said.
The school district said in a statement that while such hairstyles were against its dress code, it did not condone filling in hair with a marker.
It took five years for the NYPD to come to the conclusion activists and politicians had reached long ago: That Daniel Pantaleo was not fit to serve as a police officer.
Pantaleo, who was fired on Monday, placed Eric Garner in a chokehold, a discredited law enforcement maneuver in which pressure is put on the subject’s neck to force compliance, before Garner died. (Pantaleo denies using a chokehold.)
Paul Butler, the Albert Brick Professor of Law at Georgetown University and an NBC/MSNBC legal analyst,argues that serious questions remain in the Garner case.