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US‘Not a big deal’: NYPD lieutenant shrugs off Eric Garner’s death moments after 2014 clash

21:01  16 may  2019
21:01  16 may  2019 Source:   nydailynews.com

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An NYPD supervisor alerted to the death of Eric Garner shrugged off the Staten Island father of six’s passing with a text message reading, “Not a big deal, we were affecting a lawful arrest.”

The cold exchange between Lt. Christopher Bannon and Sgt. Dhanan Saminath moments after Garner died was recounted Thursday as the department trial against Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo continued.

Pantaleo is accused of using a banned chokehold on Garner, killing him, as he was being arrested on Staten Island on July 17, 2014. Cops had stopped Garner for selling loose cigarettes on the street.

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Called as a defense witness, Bannon recounted how he received text messages from the field after Garner was brought down to the ground and took his last gasps for air, screaming “I can’t breathe” several times.

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The lieutenant’s “Not a big deal” comment drew gasps and protests from the audience, which had to be admonished by the department trial judge.

Bannon said the texts from Saminath started coming in while he was in a meeting.

“Danny and Justin went to arrest Eric Garner and he resisted when they took him down." Saminath wrote. “Eric went into cardiac arrest. He’s unconscious, might be DOA.”

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“For the smokes?” Bannon asked.

“Yeah,” Saminath fired back. “They observed him selling. Danny tried to grab him, they both went down. They called (an ambulance) ASAP. He’s most likely DOA. He has no pulse.”

Bannon then sent his “No big deal" text, but claimed on the stand during cross examination that he had written it to comfort Pantaleo.

“My reasoning behind that text message, not to be malicious, it’s to make sure the officer knew was put in a bad situation … to try to bring him down to a level where you put him at ease," he said. "That was my intention.”

“Would you agree that Garner was put in a bad situation?” Civilian Complaint Review Board prosecutor Suzanne O’Hare asked.

“I don’t know how to handle that," Bannon said. "I don’t know if he was or wasn’t.

“It’s a big deal if somebody dies during anything,” he added.

Pantaleo’s attorney Stu London opened the defense’s case Thursday by calling Bannon and another NYPD sergeant to the stand to paint Bay St. in Tompkinsville as a hotbed of quality-of-life crimes in the weeks before Garner’s death.

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The officers also noted that Garner was known to sell untaxed cigarettes on Bay St. Bannon said the untaxed cigarettes were found on Garner. After he died they processed his arrest anyway, Bannon said.

Garner argued with the cops before Pantaleo put his arm around Garner’s head and took him down.

He repeatedly pleaded, “I can’t breathe,” before losing consciousness. There have been allegations that medical care was delayed while cops handcuffed him and searched his pockets.

The city medical examiner ruled Garner died from the chokehold and chest compression, and said Garner’s weight, asthma and cardiovascular disease were contributing factors.

A witness called on Tuesday, Michael Lewis, claimed that Garner was breaking up a fight between two men before cops were called. He recorded Garner being put on a gurney and brought to an ambulance while Pantaleo was showing other officers how he had taken Garner down.

At the opening of the trial, the CCRB brought up multiple witnesses who said that Pantaleo was repeatedly told that chokeholds were banned by the department and that he was never trained in the “seatbelt” maneuver that his defense claims he was using when Garner died.

“If you want to know whether a police officer was trained in a certain technique, you should talk to the person who actually trained him," Patrick Lynch, head of the the Police Benevolent Association, the NYPD’s largest union, said in a statement this week.

Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, has attended every day of trial.

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