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A Staten Island grand jury has decided to not indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner by chokehold

NY1 broke the news of the grand jury’s decision. Reports the New York Times:

A Staten Island grand jury has voted not to bring criminal charges against the white New York City police officer at the center of the Eric Garner case, a person briefed on the matter said Wednesday.

The decision was reached on Wednesday after months of testimony including from the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, who used a chokehold to restrain Mr. Garner, who died after a confrontation. It came less than two weeks after a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., declined to bring charges against a white officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown.

The New York medical examiner ruled Mr. Garner’s death was a homicide caused by a chokehold. So what does it take for a grand jury to move on charging the cop that clearly had Mr. Garner in a chokehold?


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