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Excerpt: "The Justice Department will not bring federal charges against a New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner, ending a yearslong inquiry into a case that sharply divided officials and prompted national protests over excessive force by the police."

Gwen Carr, Eric Garner's mother, spoke at a press conference on Tuesday after the Justice Department declined to pursue federal charges against a New York City police officer in his 2014 death. (photo: Demetrius Freeman/NYT)
Gwen Carr, Eric Garner's mother, spoke at a press conference on Tuesday after the Justice Department declined to pursue federal charges against a New York City police officer in his 2014 death. (photo: Demetrius Freeman/NYT)


Eric Garner's Death Will Not Lead to Federal Charges for NYPD Officer

By Katie Benner and William K. Rashbaum, The New York Times

16 July 19


The decision came five years after Mr. Garner’s dying words — “I can’t breathe” — became a rallying cry.

he Justice Department will not bring federal charges against a New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner, ending a yearslong inquiry into a case that sharply divided officials and prompted national protests over excessive force by the police.

The United States attorney in Brooklyn, Richard P. Donoghue, announced the decision not to bring criminal civil rights charges on Tuesday morning, one day before the fifth anniversary of Mr. Garner’s death. That is the deadline by which they would have to file some of the possible charges against the officer, Daniel Pantaleo.

Mr. Donoghue called Mr. Garner’s death a tragedy, but said “the evidence does not support charging Police Officer Pantaleo with a federal civil rights violation.” He went over the entire arrest step-by-step and said the government could not prove Officer Pantaleo willfully used excessive force to violate Mr. Garner’s rights as required under the law.

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+2 # chapdrum 2019-07-16 13:01
According to Thom Hartmann this morning, the prosecutors were ready to bring their case against Pantaleo, as the statute of limitations runs on July 17th. But instead, the "attorney general" instructed the DOJ not to prosecute.
 
 
+1 # Glen 2019-07-17 13:52
I saw that. As has been said, there are no more words to cover the corruption and convoluted networks in the U.S.
 
 
+2 # wrknight 2019-07-16 17:58
Of course they wouldn't prosecute a cop. After all, that badge is a license to kill.
 
 
+3 # Akeel1701 2019-07-16 18:03
An absolute farce!
There's no such thing as Justice in that damned country
 
 
-1 # Glen 2019-07-17 06:46
Eric Garner did not die from that 10 second "choke hold". He died when that entire group of cops slammed him to the sidewalk, knees and hands pressing hard, including the head and knee to neck. It was relentless and was murder.
 
 
0 # Glen 2019-07-18 06:00
Watch the video, whoever gave the comment a thumbs down. It is brutal.
 
 
0 # elizabethblock 2019-07-18 20:47
In that case they should ALL have been charged with murder.
 

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