2020 Democrats react to NYPD firing of officer in Garner case: 'Finally'

2020 Democrats react to NYPD firing of officer in Garner case: 'Finally'
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Democratic presidential candidates on Monday tweeted support for the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) decision to fire the officer accused of killing Eric Garner with a chokehold. 

Many of the candidates had called for the firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo after a police administrative judge recommended his termination earlier this month. Federal prosecutors announced in July that they would not be charging him for Garner’s death.

On Monday, the White House hopefuls joined in saying the firing in the 2014 death of the unarmed black man who was selling loose cigarettes came five years too late.

New York Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandInternal Democratic poll: Desiree Tims gains on Mike Turner in Ohio House race Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter's handling of New York Post article raises election night concerns | FCC to move forward with considering order targeting tech's liability shield | YouTube expands polices to tackle QAnon Democrats question Amazon over reported interference of workers' rights to organize MORE (D), for example, tweeted “finally,” as the news broke of Pantaleo’s firing.

"Five years too late," former Texas Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeCalls grow for Democrats to ramp up spending in Texas Texas Dems highlight health care in fight to flip state House Union leader vows 'infrequent' minority voters will help deliver Biden victory MORE tweeted.

"Mixed emotions today. Glad to see some justice in this case, but ashamed that it took five years to get there," said Tom SteyerTom SteyerDemocrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein 2020 election already most expensive ever TV ads favored Biden 2-1 in past month MORE.

"It took you five years to figure that out?" Massachusetts Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonTrump slight against Gold Star families adds to military woes Overnight Defense: Congress recommends nuclear arms treaty be extended | Dems warn Turkey | Military's eighth COVID death identified Bipartisan congressional task force recommends extending nuclear treaty with Russia MORE asked.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez says Democrats must focus on winning White House for Biden All fracked up: Biden's Keystone State breakdown The Memo: Five reasons why Trump could upset the odds MORE (I-Vt.) praised the firing, and pushed for further changes to bring justice to other victims' families. 

“This is the right decision, but we are still a very long way from achieving justice for Eric Garner’s family and countless others who have lost loved ones to police violence. We must fundamentally transform our criminal justice system at every level,” Sanders tweeted.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who has proposed a database to track decertified officers, said steps should be taken to prevent other department from hiring Pantaleo.

“He should now be held accountable under the law,” Castro tweeted.