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The New York Police Department will announce Thursday its decision whether to fire Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who put Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, in a deadly chokehold in 2014 - and is preparing manpower to be ready for potential protests that may result, DailyMail.com can reveal.
A police source said NYPD headquarters phoned borough commands this morning to prepare for the announcement, not wanting to issue a written directive for fear it would leak out.
Hundreds - Cops - Places - Staten - Island
Hundreds of cops will be mobilized and stationed at various places, including in Staten Island, the New York borough where the fatal take down of Eric Garner occurred.
The source told DailyMail.com, 'The borough commands have been notified to schedule personal in anticipation of a Pantaleo decision on Thursday.
Call - Headquarters - Borough - Morning - Plans
'The call came from headquarters to the borough commands this morning. They're putting plans in place. We may end up with all kinds of protests.'
The NYPD concluded a 24 day-long disciplinary hearing with Pantaleo on June 6, overseen by an administrative judge.
New - York - Police - Commissioner - James
New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill is expected to announce tomorrow, whether Pantaleo keeps his job or is fired for Garner's July 17, 2014 death.
The source said, 'Nobody knows what O'Neill's going to decide. The judge in the hearing was to give him a recommendation for disciplinary action.
O'Neill - Decision - Pantaleo - Backlash - Cops
'But it is solely O'Neill's decision what to do. If he fires Pantaleo, he's going to have backlash from the cops.
'If he doesn't fire him, then he's going to face backlash from the public. He's boxed in.'
Decision - Announcement - Thursday - New - York
The decision to make the announcement Thursday will be helpful to New York City mayor and democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio.
Had it been today, it may have forced him to answer difficult questions at his presidential candidate debate tonight in Detroit.
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