No Charge Against NYPD Officer in Eric Garner Death

New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo is seen leaving his house in May

New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo is seen leaving his house in May

Vanita Gupta, who served as the head of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division under President Barack Obama and who previously oversaw the Garner case, criticized her successors' decision not to press charges.

Richard Donoghue, the United States attorney in Brooklyn, said there was "insufficient evidence" that officer Daniel Pantaleo broke the law or contributed to the death of Eric Garner when he placed him in a chokehold during an arrest on July 17, 2014.

Gwen Carr, Garner's mother, and the Rev. Al Sharpton said they were outraged and heartbroken.

July 16, 2018: The New York Police Department says it will allow disciplinary proceedings against Pantaleo, saying it's run out of patience with federal authorities' indecision. "Today, we can't breathe".

Garner, whom police alleged was selling loose cigarettes, died after Pantaleo put him in an apparent chokehold, which the police force has banned, on a Staten Island street.

"If Eric Garner's case were to happen at the border every politician would have been rallying for him".

Though Garner's death was ruled a homicide, a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo on criminal charges in 2014.

Meanwhile, the NYPD has brought departmental charges against Pantaleo.

"This further reform will make sure no family ever waits years for the answers they deserve", de Blasio said.

According to CNN, it was Attorney General William Barr who made the final decision against pressing charges.

The official was not authorized to discuss investigative matters and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

Donoghue announced the decision not to charge Pantaleo after meeting with Garner's family.

Demonstrators protest during the disciplinary trial of police officer Daniel Pantaleo in relation to the death of Eric Garner at 1 Police Plaza in New York City, U.S., June 6, 2019.

Earlier this year, a doctor who performed an autopsy on Eric Garner testified that Pantaleo's chokehold triggered a fatal asthma attack in Garner. Where the police officers are held accountable and pay for their misconduct.

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Pantaleo's initial maneuvers in trying to take Garner to the ground were in line with "established police tactics and procedure", Donoghue said, given that Garner was resisting arrest and significantly larger in size than the officers.

Garner is heard on bystander video crying out "I can't breathe" at least 11 times before he falls unconscious.

This week marks the five-year anniversary of the death, the deadline by which charges would need to be filed.

Prosecutors met with Garner's family and their advisers Tuesday morning ahead of announcing the decision, which leaked about 90 minutes beforehand. But there is no fule requiring the NYPD to do so.

Police reform advocates said the decision was upsetting but to be expected.

Director of Community Relations Ares Davoice holds up a shirt with names of black people killed by police, including Andrew Pierce.

If the DOJ lets the statute expire, Newsome said, his group would "shut down New York City". Pantaleo applied a chokehold, and Garner later died.

But the medical examiner's office said a chokehold contributed to Garner's death.

London has defended Pantaleo during his disciplinary proceeding, which has been prosecuted by the CCRB.

Police officials said he was waiting for the report of the administrative judge before he would make his decision.

Pantaleo has remained employed since Garner's death, working desk duty and earning a salary of more than $100,000. However, he said officers who were "there and did nothing" should be fired.

"There is no justice at all for Eric", she said.

Balsamo and Long reported from Washington.

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