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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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  1. Andy Farhan

    The first TV report I heard about the decision of the Grand Jury said that the Grand Jury were asked if the police officer caused the death of Mr. Gardner intentionally. Why criminal negligence and unintentional cause of death, both are crimes were not considered by the Prosecutor and the Grand Jury? Our justice system needs to be reviewed by the People, and need to be changed to protect the People. We need to learn from the experience of the European systems.

    December 5, 2014 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  2. Jill

    The only man who was arrested in the KILLING #EricGarner was Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed it! #ICantBreathe
    Jill http://pureforskolin.xyz/

    December 4, 2014 at 10:40 am | Reply

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