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Police officer who put 400lb father in a fatal chokehold loses job





Shocking new video has emerged of the minutes after an asthmatic, obese man was put in a chokehold that may have killed him – and the cop responsible has had his gun and badge stripped.

Eric Garner, 43, died shortly after he was thrown to the ground and choked-out by NYPD officers outside the Staten Island store in which he worked. This new footage shows him unresponsive on the ground for several minutes before help arrives.

The video picks up where another disturbing video left off, with the man seemingly unconscious after the violent arrest.

Officers Daniel Pantaleo and Justin Damico have since been placed on desk duty, with eight-year veteran Pantaleo forced to hand in his gun and badge, according to the New York Daily News, which originally made the original video public.

The second video shows Garner on his side on the ground as a crowd builds around him. Police first try to make the person capturing the footage leave, but they do not.

Cops try to talk with Garner, but he does not respond – his eyes are closed and his head droops onto the sidewalk.

They openly wonder if he still has a pulse, and one officer presses his fingers to Garner’s neck and says he does.

People keep asking why they aren’t doing CPR, and paramedics do not arrive for over three minutes.

The paramedic tries communicating with Garner: ‘We’re here to help.’

But he does not answer.

The paramedic checks his pulse and says he’s still alive, then decides he needs to go on a stretcher.

Still not alert, Garner is rolled over and at least six cops, plus the paramedic, hoist him on to a stretcher.

Another person asks again why no CPR was performed.

‘Because he’s still breathing,’ and officer snaps at the person.

Traumatic: Esaw Garner, whose husband Eric died during an arrest Thursday, is held by the Rev Al Sharpton, right, and Rev Herbert Daughtry, on Saturday

Traumatic: Esaw Garner, whose husband Eric died during an arrest Thursday, is held by the Rev Al Sharpton, right, and Rev Herbert Daughtry, on Saturday

Despite Garner’s dire medical condition being apparent to the still-building crowd, many cops stand around casually talking with each other, some can even be heard laughing.

The officer who put Garner in the chokehold amazingly waves to the camera as Garner is wheeled away.

The damning footage came to light the same day his widow spoke publicly for the first time of her horror at seeing a video of her dead husband’s arrest.

Esaw Garner said she was deeply upset by the footage.

The mother-of-six collapsed in tears at a Saturday press conference.

Heartbroken: Esaw, pictured with Eric, says she struggled to watch the footage of her husband's final moments   Read more:  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Heartbroken: Esaw, pictured with Eric, says she struggled to watch the footage of her husband’s final moments

The officer believed to have used the chokehold, who has not yet been identified, may lose his job, a law enforcement source said.

‘It violates protocol. It violates a direct rule which is never to put somebody in a choke hold,’ the unidentified source told the New York Post.

Earlier footage released Friday shows one officer put Garner in a chokehold – a maneuver barred under NYPD practice code – while police tried to arrest him over claims he was selling bootleg cigarettes.

Garner’s wife watched footage of the arrest, and her 43-year-old husband’s final moments on a sidewalk, on Friday.

‘They killed him. They choked him and took him down and I could hear him screaming that he couldn’t breathe,’ she told the Daily News, which has an exclusive copy of the film.

‘It was so hard to watch. He was a non-violent gentle giant, and they killed him.’

Memorial: Prayer candles, flowers and messages are left at the spot where Garner was arrested before his death

Memorial: Prayer candles, flowers and messages are left at the spot where Garner was arrested before his death

Members of the community join in prayer during a demonstration on Saturday over Garner's death

Members of the community join in prayer during a demonstration on Saturday over Garner’s death

The 46-year-old was comforted by the Reverend Al Sharpton at the Saturday press conference held by Sharpton’s National Action Network.

She sobbed uncontrollably as Sharpton described the circumstances of her husband’s death.

‘The issue is not if one was selling [untaxed] cigarettes, the issue is that an unarmed man was subjected to a chokehold and the result is he is no longer with us,’ Sharpton said.

Sharpton then joined the family on a peaceful demonstration through Staten Island, to protest the circumstances of Garner’s death.

In the video Garner, who was not armed, is heard denying that he has been involved in illegal activity when a plainclothes police officer accosted him.

Every time you see me you want to mess with me. I’m tired of it. It stops today!’ Garner griped.

The Rev Al Sharpton marches with members of the Garner family on Saturday in memory of Eric, who died Thursday

The Rev Al Sharpton marches with members of the Garner family on Saturday in memory of Eric, who died Thursday

When he is put on the ground by five cops while being handcuffed, Garner was yelling out that he couldn’t breathe, according to several witnesses who watched the arrest.

‘They jumped him and they were choking him. He was foaming at the mouth. And that’s it. He was done,’ Ramsey Orta, who took the video, told The Daily News.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has postponed a family trip to Italy to ensure the investigation gets underway.

In a statement released Friday, he extended his sympathy to the victim’s family, and promised a ‘full and thorough investigation’.

‘We have a responsibility to keep every New Yorker safe, and that includes when individuals are in custody of the NYPD,’ de Blasio said.

After the incident, posters saying ‘no justice, no peace’ ‘and Another innocent black man has been killed by police brutality. The NYPD must be stopped!’ appeared in the area.

The Rev Lloyd Land, from the First United Christian Church, told Staten Island Live: ‘He was a gentle giant. Insofar as violence, I don’t believe if you smack him in the face he would hit you back … The police have no reason to attack him.’

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Joint statement from the Greater Toronto Area & Hamilton Mayors and Chairs



Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, and Toronto Mayor John Tory
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, and Toronto Mayor John Tory take part in a candlelit vigil to honour the victims of a deadly shooting in Toronto on Wednesday July 25, 2018. Ten-year-old Julianna Kozis of Markham, Ont., and 18-year-old Reese Fallon of Toronto were killed in Sunday's shooting attack, and 13 other people were injured. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

We are united in fighting COVID-19 – protecting our residents and saving lives.

While the measures we have taken to stop the spread of the virus have made a difference, this virus has still taken far too many lives in our communities and continues to threaten the lives of our residents.

At the same time, there is no denying the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the economy. Jobs have been lost, many businesses have closed or are at risk of closure, and many families are worried about their financial future.

We’ve been hit hard but that’s why it is so important that we keep moving forward and come back as strong as possible.

Today, the GTHA Mayors and Chairs met to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on the region and how our municipalities can work together on the economic restart and recovery.

We know the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area alone is projected to lose 355,000 jobs and 28% of GDP along with $894 million in lost wages and $3.7 billion in revenue losses for businesses. This will be felt right across the GTHA but it also threatens the provincial and national economies.

A strong recovery right here in the GTHA is crucial to healing the economic damage done by COVID-19 and helping the families and businesses all governments have been working to protect throughout this emergency.

Ontario’s economy and Canada’s economy need the GTHA to come back stronger than ever when the restart begins.

We are determined to deliver this recovery and we agreed today that the GTHA municipalities will be working together to successfully and smoothly reopen our vital regional economy when the time comes.

We also discussed how we can in a consistent way achieve significant, necessary financial support from the other governments to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect our ability to contribute to the recovery. A strong recovery needs strong cities and regional governments.

We have agreed we will work together to share information about our respective financial positions and explore together measures we can advocate to the other governments which will help to ensure the financial stability of local and regional governments in the GTHA.

Our child care and recreation programs help parents get back to work.

Our emergency services keep people safe.

Our transit systems get people to work and home safely.

Our major infrastructure projects – often built in conjunction with the other governments – will help kick-start the recovery and create countless jobs.

Our economic development activities attract jobs and investment.

We built a strong and vibrant GTHA and we know that we will need to come back even stronger and as quickly as we can in order to keep Canada’s economy going.

With the cooperation and support of the provincial and federal governments, we are ready to rise to this challenge.”

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Four People Charged in Mississauga Pedestrian Fail to Remain Fatality



Investigators from the Major Collision Bureau have charged four people in Mississauga’s most recent fatal fail to remain collision.

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, at approximately 8:40 p.m., the victim, a 61 year-old female from Mississauga, was struck by a south bound vehicle as she was crossing Mavis Road in the area of Knotty Pine Grove in the City of Mississauga. The vehicle did not remain and the victim, having suffered major injuries, was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Saturday, February 17, 2018 shortly before 7:00 p.m., Satchithanantha VAITHILINGAM, a 60 year-old male from Brampton, and the driver believed to be responsible in this incident, surrendered to police at 22 Division. Satchithanantha VAITHILINGAM has since been charged with Fail to Remain Cause Death.

Hivissa SATCHITHANANTHAN, a 25 year old female from Brampton, Shajeetha SATCHITHANANTHAN a 28 year-old female from Brampton and Gowtham SATKUNARAJAH a 28 year-old male from Brampton have each been charged with Accessory After the Fact in relation to this incident.

Satchithanantha VAITHILINGAM will answer to his charge on March 12, 2018. Hivissa SATCHITHANANTHAN, Shajeetha SATCHITHANANTHAN andGowtham SATKUNARAJAH will answer to their charges on Monday March 26, 2018 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision, have dashboard video footage of the incident or who may have any information regarding this incident is asked to contact investigators with the Major Collision Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3710. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word ‘PEEL’ and then your tip.

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Justin Trudeau in India: Hug missing! Mounting pressure?



The much publicized and anticipated visit of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to India was marred with questions. The questions were centered on the kind of welcome he would be given in the Sikh dominated state of Punjab. Also the famous hug by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was being anticipated. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally made his much-touted visit to India. He landed on the Indira Gandhi Airport, New Delhi only to be received by Gajendra Singh Shekhawat not even a Cabinet Minister in Narendra Modi’s government.

He is presently the second rank Minister of State for Agriculture.  That comes in complete contrast to the warmth that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his NDA government has generally displayed towards the visiting dignitaries.  Only a couple of weeks ago, when the heads of the 10 ASEAN states arrived in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn’t receive Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the airport, as he has previously done with many leaders including Barack Obama, Xi Jinping, Shinzo Abe, and Benjamin Netanyahu.

The fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn’t join him is all surprising even when Prime Minister Trudeau visited Gujarat. This is unusual because the Indian Prime Minister has set a trend that he always accompanies head of the state when they visit his home state.

Even Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath did not show up, let alone accompany Prime Minister Trudeau to the Taj. However, during Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s 15 January visit to the Taj Mahal at Agra, Yogi Adityanath had received Netanyahu and his wife and shown them around as well as hosted a lunch for them. For first three days, none from the executive or the elected representative held any meeting with the delegation.

Media in India is trying to spread a message that the cold treatment given by Prime Minister could be because two of the four Sikh members of Trudeau’s cabinet – Harjit Sajjan and Amarjeet Sohi – support the Khalistan movement. However, had that been the case his visit to Punjab would have got a similar response.  However, the Punjab Government led by Captain Amarinder Singh rolled out a red carpet during his stay at Amritsar and even the two leaders held some fruitful discussions.

Thus putting an end to those criticisms that that Prime Minister Trudeau’s visit was devoid of any warmth.  Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh, for instance who met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau setting aside his earlier prejudice that he exhibited during the visit of Defence Minister Harjeet Singh Sajjan.

In recent months, Gurudwaras (Sikh temples) in Canada, the United States and Australia have banned Indian officials from visiting gurudwaras and the moment started with Gurudwaras here in Toronto. Could that be the reason for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not accord one of the warmest welcomes that he is known to provide?  Or the use by Canada’s parliament of the term genocide to describe mass killings of Sikhs in India in 1984 has left the Indian Prime Minister disturbed?  However, more than Prime Minister Modi, this could have left the Congress party in troubled waters, but that was also not the case as Amarinder Singh hails from the same party.

The lukewarm welcome to Prime Minister Trudeau can have its political ramifications too. Will it hamper the significant 2015 deal, in which Canada agreed to supply 3,000 metric tons of Uranium to power India’s atomic reactors?

Somewhere Prime Minister Modi has not taken the issue of non allowing entry of Indian officials to Gurudwaras and the statement on Genocide too lightly. Prime Minister Modi however has failed to understand that Canada cannot curtail the right of freedom of speech and expression of its citizen.

Two nations perhaps failed to resolve the matter before Prime Minister boarded the flight from Canada and not welcoming Prime Minister Trudeau could be a tactical decision to put pressure on him. With Prime Minister Modi preferring to meet him at the far end of the tour has conveyed a lot about the myopic approach of Prime Minister Modi.

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