NYPD Cop Found Not Guilty In Eric Garner Chokehold Death Case
Staten Island was bracing for Ferguson-like trouble Wednesday after a grand jury chose not to indict an NYPD officer for killing Eric Garner with a chokehold, sources said.
Via NY Daily News:
There had been warnings earlier that a decision not to charge Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who is white, with a crime for killing a black man, would fan tensions. And as word of the panel’s decision seeped into the Staten Island neighborhoods where anti-police sentiment is strongest, cops were on high alert and prepared for the worst. The rally was held to address the medical examiner’s report that came Friday saying Eric Garner’s death was caused by a chokehold, a banned police maneuver. Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, was killed July 17 when Pantaleo subdued him on a Tompkinsville street with a banned chokehold. Police said they approached Garner because he was selling unlicensed cigarettes – better known as loosies – and that he resisted arrest.They noted that Garner’s rap sheet listed 31 arrests, beginning when he was 16.
But Garner’s death sparked national outrage after The Daily News obtained a sickening cell phone video of his deadly encounter with police. Pantaleo, who had been accused of false arrest and violating police procedures in two previous lawsuits, was yanked off the street. The Staten Island district attorney and the Civilian Complaint Review Board launched probes. And the medical examiner’s office ruled Garner’s death a homicide. Daniel Pantaleo, the Staten Island cop accused of putting Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold, testified Friday in front of a grand jury.
After several months of reviewing the evidence, a majority on the panel, which sources said consisted of 15 white and 8 black or Hispanic jurors, concluded there was not enough there to charge Pantaleo with a crime. Pantaleo, 29, an eight-year veteran of the force, could still be hit with departmental charges that could end his career as a New York City police officer.