The head of the New York Police Department’s recruit training says video shows that a restraint technique used on Eric Garner in 2014 “meets the definition of a chokehold.”

Inspector Richard Dee testified Tuesday at Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s internal trial, nearly five years after Garner’s pleas of “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry against police brutality.

Dee also says that coughing heard on the video indicates Garner’s breathing was restricted by the hold.

FILE - In this July 7, 2015, file photo, Gwen Carr holds a picture of her son Eric Garner during a news conference in New York with relatives of other New Yorkers killed by police. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
FILE – In this July 7, 2015, file photo, Gwen Carr holds a picture of her son Eric Garner during a news conference in New York with relatives of other New Yorkers killed by police. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Dee says recruits are explicitly warned that chokeholds are banned and they’re instructed to disengage when they realize they’re using a chokehold.

Pantaleo is accused of hastening Garner’s death. His lawyer says the officer used an approved technique known as a “seat-belt hold.”

But Dee says there is no record of Pantaleo’s receiving training in that move.

New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo leaves his house Monday, May 13, 2019, in Staten Island, N. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo leaves his house Monday, May 13, 2019, in Staten Island, N. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo leaves his house Monday, May 13, 2019, in Staten Island, N. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo leaves his house Monday, May 13, 2019, in Staten Island, N. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
FILE - In this Thursday, May 9, 2019, file photo, Gwen Carr, left, mother of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died as he was being subdued in a chokehold by police Officer Daniel Pantaleo nearly five years earlier, speaks during a news conference after leaving court in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
FILE – In this Thursday, May 9, 2019, file photo, Gwen Carr, left, mother of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died as he was being subdued in a chokehold by police Officer Daniel Pantaleo nearly five years earlier, speaks during a news conference after leaving court in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

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