NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo is being sued for a car crash that left Leonardo Aguirre with neck, back, shoulder and knee injuries, the New York Daily News reports.
The man says in documents that Pantaleo allegedly drove too closely behind him, leading to an accident near the 120th precinct on June 20. This was only a few weeks before Pantaleo placed Eric Garner in a chokehold that killed the father of six.
Police say Pantaleo was actually responding to a call and had his emergency lights on when he was driving that night in June. Another vehicle crashed into his vehicle, he said.
This is only one of five lawsuits filed against Pantaleo from other New Yorkers. In 2012, two men, Tommy Rice and Darrne Collins, said Pantaleo strip-searched them in public following a traffic stop. They won $30,000 in a settlement.
Pantaleo's involvement with Eric Garner's death is still being investigated by the NYPD. He remains employed but is on "modified duty."
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