The NYPD officer who was caught on video applying what many saw as an “illegal” or an “excessive” chokehold that caused the death of Eric Garner, will not be charged with his death.
A Staten Island grand jury dismissed all charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo, meaning he won’t face indictment for the death of Garner.
From the NY Post–
“The blockbuster decision capped weeks of investigation by the special grand jury, which was empaneled in September specifically to review evidence in Garner’s racially charged death.
It was unclear exactly what charges prosecutors asked the grand jury to consider filing, or how the vote went.
Under New York law, an indictment must be agreed upon by at least 12 members of a grand jury, which can have up to 23 members.”
Cellphone video captured the officer-involved altercation with Garner which began after he was confronted for illegally selling cigarettes. In the video, you can see and hear Garner pleading with the officers saying he couldn’t breathe as the officers restrained and cuffed him.
Garner’s death was ruled a homicide by the Medical Examiner’s Office, saying he died from a “compression of neck (chokehold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.”
Garner’s family has filed a $75 million wrongful death suit against the city, and none other than Al Sharpton is a Garner-family advisor.
This will surely add more ammunition to the race-baiting narrative that racist, out-of-control cops are preying on innocent black men, fueling the “black lives matter” mentality. Though it is sad that Eric Garner lost his life, the reality is had he- and Michael Brown- not resisted arrest, both men would be alive today.
That’s the narrative that needs more attention: don’t resist arrest; live to talk about it
Courtesy of Young Cons