A New York grand jury has decided to vote against bringing criminal charges on the police responsible for the death of Eric Garner in a controversial chokehold caught on tape earlier this year.
According to reports, a Staten Island jury reached its decision Wednesday (December 3).
The decision was reached after months of testimony, including from the officer who used the chokehold, Daniel Pantaleo. The grand jury reached its decision less than two weeks after a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., declined to bring charges against a white officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. (New York Times)
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Despite killing Garner, the jury did not believe officers committed a crime.
In delivering a vote of “no true bill,” jurors determined there was not probable cause that a crime was committed by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was seen on a widely watched amateur video wrapping his arm around Garner’s neck as the 43-year-old yelled, “I can’t breathe!” during the July 17 confrontation. Garner, who had been stopped by Pantaleo and several other NYPD officers, including two sergeants, on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, was pronounced dead at a hospital. (NBC New York)
Bad Boy Records CEO Diddy posted up a caption-less screenshot of the jury’s decision onto his Instagram page.