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article imageNo indictment for NYPD's Pantaleo in choke-hold death of Garner

By Malysa Stratton Louk     Dec 3, 2014 in Crime
New York City - New York grand jury decides there will be no indictment for New York police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choke-hold death of Eric Garner.
The video went viral after a bystander caught Eric Garner's attempted arrest on video in July. Garner had apparently broken up a fight and was confronted by NYPD officers on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes.
The video shows Garner, 43, talking to officers and explaining that he has done nothing wrong and that he felt the cops were always confronting him for no reason.
In the video, NYPD officers are seen surrounding Garner, grabbing his arms and then taking him down in a choke-hold. Garner is heard repeatedly stating "I can't breathe. I can't breathe." With Garner on the ground and contained, the choke-hold continues, resulting in Garner's death.
A New York medical examiner determined the cause of death as homicide due to the choke-hold, along with Garner's history of asthma. The grand jury in Stanton Island began hearing evidence in September. The evidence included the bystander's video, witness testimony and testimony from the officers involved.
Despite the fact that the choke-hold method of detaining suspects has been banned from use by NYPD officers, the grand jury decided no charges will be brought against Officer Pantaleo.
While protests and demonstrations have, up until the grand jury's decision, remained peaceful, officials speculate this may change, especially after the Ferguson grand jury decision in the case of Michael Brown. The department has made preparations for increased demonstrations.
In a PIX11 report, Officer Daniel Pantaleo gave 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."
Although Pantaleo will not face criminal charges, it has yet to be determined if he will face further disciplinary action from the department.
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