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NYPD Officer In Eric Garner Chokehold Case Will NOT Face Criminal Charges After Staten Island Grand Jury Decision

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A Staten Island grand jury on Wednesday has decided against filing criminal charges against a NYPD officer named Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner.

Eric, the father of six children, was killed after being placed in a chokehold by the police officer on July 17th. He was allegedly resisting arrest.

A cell phone video, which you can view HERE, was taken of the event and sparked outrage across the country… because, you see, NYPD officers are BANNED from using chokeholds.

Police officers originally showed up after a tip that he was selling loose cigarettes.

Eric's widow Esaw Garner was shocked when she heard the news regarding the grand jury's decision. She said:

"Oh my God, are you serious? I'm very disappointed. You can see in the video that he (the cop) was dead wrong!"

Officer Pantaleo, when the decision was announced, released the following statement:

"I became a police officer to help people and to protect those who can't protect themselves. It is never my intention to harm anyone and I feel very bad about the death of Mr. Garner. My family and I include him and his family in our prayers and I hope that they will accept my personal condolences for their loss."

It is unclear if Officer Pantaleo, who is currently on suspension from the NYPD, will regain his job. For that to happen an internal investigation will need to take place.

Here's what one of the lawyers for Mr. Garner's family said:

"We're astounded by the outcome of the grand jury process and that after hearing months of evidence and having deliberated that they would find no true bill as to any potential criminal charge. It's very upsetting to us – we obviously hope that the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District, Loretta Lynch, will take a close look at this."

Many are worried that violence may erupt in New York City, especially after some instances of looting and rioting happened after a grand jury decided to not indict the police officer who shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

[ Related: Ferguson Verdict Reached: Officer Darren Wilson Not Indicted In Death Of Michael Brown; Rioting, Looting Ensues ]

However, police commissioner William J. Bratton does NOT expect that to happen in New York City. He said:

"We have had quite a bit of time to prepare for the events that will unfold here for the next few days."

The Rev. Al Sharpton will be holding a new conference with Garner's family later today and said he was NOT surprised by the decision. He said:

"People thought we were being extreme. But now, I think you can see, we have no confidence in the state grand juries, whether in Ferguson or in New York, because there is an intrinsic relationship between state prosecutors and the police; they depend on the police for their evidence, they run for office and depend on the unions for endorsements."

We are definitely shocked that this was the decision, especially because there WAS video of the incident clearly showing the banned move.

We certainly hope though that protests and rallies remain peaceful in New York City during this tenuous time, and we'll be keeping a close eye out to see what happens to this NYPD officer and if he'll keep his job after Garner's death.

We have a feeling that more than a few people in New York and across the country would prefer he did not, but crazier things have happened.

[Image via AP Images.]

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14 comments to “NYPD Officer In Eric Garner Chokehold Case Will NOT Face Criminal Charges After Staten Island Grand Jury Decision”

  1. Kara says – reply to this


    Some people on the news shows are saying that in New York it is legal for police to choke people to death with a choke hold if they want to, even if it is banned.

  2. Sophgirl says – reply to this


    Missouri not Mississippi. Check your facts please before putting it out for the world to see.

  3. God have mercy on us says – reply to this


    This is bullshit and I sincerely hope the guilty police officer(s) will be punished for this cold-blooded murder!

  4. Aliyah says – reply to this


    It's ferguson Missouri not Mississippi wow.

  5. 5

    it’s just funny how in america police can judge and murder anyone, without even thinking. america is as corrupt as any worst countries in the world when it comest to disciplining police. home of the free and land of the brave indeed when people are free to die in the hands of the brave police. amazing!

  6. MichJB says – reply to this


    Chokeholds are banned by the department and any cop using it is disciplined by the force, which this cop was. Did he intentionally choke this guy to death - I seriously doubt it. They should have taken it to trial to get all the sides of the story out and stop the bullshit.

  7. MichJB says – reply to this


    What I can't stand are all these black leaders going all hysterical saying that black men are now being murdered by cops. If anyone is whipping up racial division its these irresponsible media clowns including the worst - Al Sharpton.

  8. joinSD says – reply to this


    Re: MichJB – I agree. Not exactly the guy I would want on my team.

  9. Whatt??? says – reply to this


    Re: MichJB – He did intetionnally choke him to death. He was REPEATEDLY saying he couldn't breath in the video.

  10. @v@ says – reply to this


    That officer has a lifetime to worry about that sixth commandment.

  11. family says – reply to this


    We reserved a family trip to NYC Dec 19th to 24th…with two12 year old boys…we are thinking of cancelling or do you all think it will mainly die down by that time…Thank you

  12. Leena says – reply to this


    Hey, "family"? FUCK YOU! Stay your self-absorbed asses out of my city. We're grieving and we don't care about your little conveniences.

  13. Leena says – reply to this


    Re: family – Hey, "family"? FUCK YOU! Stay your self-absorbed asses out of my city. We're grieving and we don't care about your little conveniences.

  14. Mr.Right says – reply to this


    Nor should he! Cop was simply doing his job!
    Mike Brown attacked a cop, Eric Garner fought arrest ..END OF STORY .. TRAGIC but that's it!