Internal Probe Moving Swiftly in Chokehold Death
Penalties could range from reprimand to dismissal
The New York Police Department's internal affairs unit is now investigating whether any officers will be disciplined for their roles in the videotaped arrest that ended in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.
The internal probe was on hold pending the outcome of a grand jury's decision on whether Officer Daniel Pantaleo should face criminal charges. But two days after the grand jury's decision not to indict Pantaelo, police investigators started their work, calling in officers who responded to the July 17 arrest on Staten Island.
The investigation could result in departmental charges such as excessive force or abuse of authority against Pantaleo and at least six other officers. If found guilty at trials inside police headquarters, the officers face penalties ranging from reprimands to dismissal.