'I can't breathe': Police trial into death of unarmed black man begins in N.Y.

The New York City police department began a long-awaited public examination Monday of the sidewalk confrontation five summers ago that left an unarmed black man dead and his pleas of "I can't breathe" resonating as a rallying cry against police brutality.

The start of officer Daniel Pantaleo's long-delayed disciplinary trial sparked protests and evoked emotional reactions from Eric Garner's family as a bystander's video of the confrontation was played in the hearing room.

A police watchdog agency says the video shows Pantaleo ignoring his training and using brutal, lethal force that led to Garner going into cardiac arrest. Pantaleo's lawyer and the powerful police union say he used a technique that is taught by the department and that he's being made to be a scapegoat in a politically charged atmosphere.


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