Transcript for NYPD officer involved in Eric Garner's death fired
Now we turn to new developments in the Eric Garner investigation. Officer Daniel Pantaleo is fighting now to rejoin the force after being fired for the chokehold death of garner. New York's police union was outraged over the decision to fire him in the first place. Garner's family says there's still more to be done. Eva pilgrim downtown at the first police precinct with the latest. Good morning, Eva. Reporter: Good morning, T.J. This was a decision that surprised many inside NYPD. Some of the top brass learning about the firing by watching it on TV ultimately. This was the police commissioner's decision. One he says he knew may not be popular with his brothers and sisters in blue. This morning, the officer fired for the chokehold death of Eric Garner filing an appeal to get his job back. Five years after garner died on a New York street, Daniel Pantaleo fired. Every time I watch that video I say to myself as probably all of you do to Mr. Garner, don't do it. Comply. To officer Pantaleo, don't do it. Reporter: The police commissioner making the final call after an NYPD judge recommended Pantaleo be terminated despite his denials he used a banned chokehold. The judge finding his actions reckless during garner's arrest for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. That move triggering a fatal asthma attack. I can't breathe. Reporter: Garner's final words, "I can't breathe" uttered 11 times becoming a battle cry for the black lives matter movement. Mayor de Blasio putting pressure on the commissioner to act while on the presidential campaign trail. Now saying the commissioner made the right decision. Members of the NYPD learned the lessons of this tragedy. They acted on it. They did something about it. Reporter: But an outraged police union accusing the commissioner of bowing to public The leadership has abandoned ship and left our police offices on the street alone. Reporter: Pantaleo's firing a measure of justice for the garner family would pushed for years but never saw charges filed against that officer. Yi, he's fired, but the fight is not over. We will continue to fight. I lost my son. You cannot replace that. You can get another job. Maybe at burger king, okay? Reporter: And the family is pushing for the other officers involved to be disciplined. This as they are fighting for an Eric Garner law that would make police chokeholds illegal. Robin. That is their hope. Thank you.
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