De Blasio spoke on radio station Hot 97 the day after federal prosecutors announced they would not bring civil rights charges in the case.
Garner’s family members and others have demanded that de Blasio fire Pantaleo. But the Democratic mayor and presidential candidate said O’Neill will decide Pantaleo’s fate by Aug. 31 after the departmental disciplinary process has concluded.
Eric Garner’s mother is urging the New York City police commissioner to fire the officer involved in her son’s chokehold death.
Gwen Carr spoke to CBS on Wednesday, the five-year anniversary of her loss.