The death of Eric Garner, along with those of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin sparked a massive backlash which brought the Black Lives Matter activist movement to international prominence, and raised many questions about racial profiling and inappropriate use of force by law enforcement. Eric Garner was choked during an attempted arrest by four police officers on suspicion of selling single cigarettes; after protesting his innocence, expressing his weariness of police harassment, Garner was put into a choke-hold by Officer Daniel Pantaleo before repeating his final words of “I can’t breathe” eleven times as his lost consciousness and died. Following a recent decision by the US Department of Justice that they could not prove Officer Pantaleo acted wilfully in the death of Eric Garner, a New York Police Department disciplinary hearing ruled that Pantaleo be fired from the NYPD. Reactions are mixed as many feel justice has been evaded by the DOJ’s decision, and even though the NYPD have now fired Pantaleo, many view this as the very least in terms of a justified outcome at the end of a long period of inaction, an inadequate reaction for such a social charged and high profile case. Was the DOJ wrong to decide they could not prove the NYPD officer acted wilfully in Eric Garner’s death? Why did the NYPD take 5 years to decide Pantaleo should lose his job? What should happen in cases such as this?