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December 3rd, 2014
08:45 PM ET

Sources: Justice Department investigating Eric Garner chokehold case

New York (CNN) - A grand jury in New York on Wednesday decided not to indict white police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the July chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man.

Federal officials subsequently announced they were moving ahead with a civil rights investigation.

During the fatal encounter July 17 on Staten Island, Garner raised both hands in the air and told the officers not to touch him. Seconds later, video shows an officer behind Garner grab him in a chokehold and pull him to the sidewalk, rolling him onto his stomach.

"I can't breathe! I can't breathe!" Garner said repeatedly, his cries muffled into the pavement.

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