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Police Officer Fired 5 years Later

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New York, NY – After over 5 years of investigation, Daniel Pantaleo, a New York City police officer, has finally been fired for using an illegal chokehold that led to the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man accused of selling untaxed cigarettes.

Police commissioner James O’Neill announced on Monday that he has fired Pantaleo based on a recent recommendation from a department disciplinary judge. Pantaleo had been on desk duty with pay since Garner’s death, but has now been terminated from his position following the administrative trial which ended in June. Pantaleo will also no longer qualify to receive pension.

Many officers were on the scene but Pantaleo was the officer who was caught on video putting Garner in a headlock while he wrestled him to the ground in a violent arrest in 2014. Garner died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

During the arrest, Garner pleaded repeatedly, “I can’t breathe.” It became a rallying cry for national protests over race and the police excessive use of force.

Autopsy results confirmed that Garner died of heart attack and noted that the chokehold was a factor on his death. A medical examiner also ruled Garner’s death a homicide, but a grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo in 2014.

In addition, the Department of Justice announced back in July that it would not file any charges against Pantaleo.

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iONE DIGITAL LAUNCHES #THEBLACKBALLOT ON NEWSONE.COM

#TheBlackBallot Tackles Issues Important to the African American Community for the 2020 Election Cycle

iOne Digital is excited to announce the launch of  #TheBlackBallot, a new online space that features topical and hot button election-related issues. Readers will experience op-eds from both favorite and new political voices, critical analysis of our community’s needs and inter-generational news coverage.
#TheBlackBallot will serve as a resource for consumers looking for political content from varied Black perspectives. The landing page for #TheBlackBallot will live on NewsOne.com. “#TheBlackBallot is not just a chance to bring more attention to what’s shaping up to be the most pivotal election of our lifetimes, but it is also an opportunity to showcase a diverse array of Black voices bringing attention to concerns, issues and policies that typically get downplayed or otherwise overlooked,” says Bruce C.T. Wright, managing editor of NewsOne.comNewsOne.com is a premier platform on iOne Digital, a Division of Urban One, Inc., that boasts 20-million+ unique visitors per month. NewsOne.com is a destination for news and information for and about Blacks in America and offers original stories, diverse opinions, photos, videos, and polls to its audience, daily. #TheBlackBallot will provide a unique collection of viewpoints from Black activists, journalists and thought leaders about critical political issues. “NewsOne has had its finger on the pulse of politics for years,” adds Wright. “#TheBlackBallot is simply our way of helping readers contextualize and prioritize aspects of the U.S. government in ways that other news outlets can’t.” 

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The Fight of His Life

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Not to be confused with the late Elija Cummings, United States House of Representative for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District and civil rights advocate, Georgia Congressman and Civil Rights icon John Lewis recently announced that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. 

Lewis, 79, has served in Congress since 1986, representing Georgia’ 5th Congressional District.  Celebrated for his fight for civil rights, Lewis is also recognized for joining forces and marching alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965 to lead a voting rights march out of Selma, Alabama.

Lewis doesn’t plan on giving up now.  Realizing he will have to miss work and maybe even a few important key votes, he knows he is in the fight of his life with hopes of getting back to the front of the battle lines soon.

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Another Black Congressman Gone

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