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.

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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 Gillibrand Gillibrand relaunches PAC to elect women Analysis: 2020 digital spending vastly outpaces TV ads Two years after Maria, Puerto Rico awaits disaster funds 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'RourkeNRA deems O'Rourke 'Salesman of the Month' after Arizona gun store sells out of AR-15s during 'Beto Special' MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump pushes back over whistleblower controversy 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 SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerAnalysis: 2020 digital spending vastly outpaces TV ads The Hill's Morning Report — Trump's new controversy Sanders, Yang to miss CNN's town hall on LGBTQ issues MORE.

"It took you five years to figure that out?" Massachusetts Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE asked.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Krystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum 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.