Eric Garner’s Chokehold Death: New York City Officer Would Not Face Federal Charges – The Justice Department prosecutors of won’t bring civil rights federal charges Tuesday against a New York City police officer accused of fatally choking Eric Garner in 2014.
Eric Garner’s Chokehold Death:
Wednesday is the five year anniversary of Eric Garner’s death, and the Justice Department’s last chance to bring civil rights charges before the statute of limitations expires.
Eric Garner, the unarmed black man heard in a video repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” after he was put in an apparent chokehold.
Eric Garner, 43, black man, who was asthmatic, was accused of selling single cigarettes outside a store on Staten Island when officer Daniel Pantaleo attempted to arrest him. His death sparked national outrage and protests. The phrase “I can’t breathe” — which he screamed 11 times during his arrest — became a rallying cry for police reform. Pantaleo and other officers knocked him to the ground with Pantaleo holding him around the head and neck. Garner died soon after.
A medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide, listed Garner’s cause of death as “compression of neck (choke hold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.” The officer’s lawyer, Stuart London, and the police union have disagreed that Pantaleo used a choke-hold maneuver banned by the NYPD.
Eric Garner’s daughter condemns DOJ decision not to bring any federal charge officer in response to in her father’s death five years ago: “Don’t apologize to me. Fire the officer!”
Eric Garner’s mother said, “It doesn’t do a lot. It’s just that we must have some type of accountability. Some type of responsibility. Where the police officers are held accountable and pay for their misconduct,” she added. “If we just sit aside on the sidelines and let it go, it’s going to keep on happening.”
A grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo and the city of New York reached a $5.9 million settlement with the Garner family in 2015 for a wrongful-death lawsuit.
New York City Officer Would Not Face Federal Charges:
Federal authorities had a last day of Wednesday five years investigation since Garner’s death to bring charges against NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who appeared, in a cell phone video, to have Garner in a chokehold shortly before he died. Pantaleo denies that he used a chokehold. The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday concluded its five-year investigation and will not bring civil rights or criminal charges against NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo.
The city medical examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide in the days after his death, and the medical examiner testified that Pantaleo’s alleged chokehold caused an asthma attack and was “part of the lethal cascade of events.” But union officials and lawyers for the alleged NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo describe it a “seatbelt hold” a take down maneuver that is taught to rookies while at the academy.
Attorney General James Statement on DOJ Decision Not to Bring Charges in Chokehold-Death of Eric Garner:
Attorney General Letitia James issued the following statement in connection with the Department of Justice’s decision not to bring federal charges in the death of Eric Garner:
“The entire world saw the same devastating video five years ago, and our eyes did not lie. Today’s inaction reflects a DOJ that has turned its back on its fundamental mission — to seek and serve justice. In times like these, we must remember that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. In memory of Eric Garner and all others who have lost their lives unjustly, we will continue to fight for reforms to a criminal justice system that remains broken.”
Praying at the gravesite of Eric Garner & Erica Garner. I stand beside his mother Gwen Carr, his sister Lisha Garner, his son Eric Garner Jr, his stepfather Ben, Mother’s of the Movement, Pastor Steffie Bartley, & NAN members on this 5th commemoration weekend of Garner’s death pic.twitter.com/Rkt47szzBr
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) July 14, 2019