Cops were investigating whether Garner was illegally selling “loosies” — untaxed single cigarettes.
He had three full packs of cigarettes and one opened pack of untaxed smokes when police approached him.
At a Staten Island rally attended by about 500 people Saturday afternoon, Garner’s sister said the minor transgression hardly justified the police response.
“Many people that own stores sell illegal cigarettes,” said Ellisha Flagg.
Near the end of the clip, he gives a satiric wave to the person shooting the second video.
Pantaleo, an eight-year veteran, was placed on modified duty Saturday as cops and the Staten Island district attorney investigated the case.
Whistleblower, Sgt Steven Lee (left), has claimed that Lt Robert Sung (right) allegedly planned to frame a commanding officer for rape in an attempt to cover up the 2015 karaoke bar bribery scandal in Queens At the time, they were suspended but eventually reinstated to the force.Officer Justin Damico, on the force four years, was also pulled off the street — but he was not forced to turn in his badge or his weapon. Another source said the likely cause of death will be a heart attack, although other actions — including the illegal takedown of Garner — “will probably go down as contributing factors.” The city’s medical examiner would not confirm the preliminary findings.Outside Damico’s home Saturday, an infuriated woman screamed at reporters. Either way, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was irate after getting a look at a video from the Thursday afternoon tragedy near the Staten Island ferry terminal, another source said.“C’mon, guy,” one cop says to Garner, the only thing on the video that suggests any of the officers was trying to help the Staten Island man.“Breathe in, breathe out.” But Garner, on his side with his eyes closed, doesn’t move at all — even when the officer slaps him on the shoulder.