Feds Announce No Charges Against NYPD Officer In Eric Garner's Death

The U.S. Attorney's Office said it will not be filing criminal civil rights charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

Brooklyn, NY – The U.S. Department of Justice will not bring charges against New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner during his arrest in 2014.

Richard P. Donoghue, the U.S. Attorney for Brooklyn, announced the decision not to bring criminal civil rights charges against Officer Pantaleo on Tuesday, one day before the statute of limitations was due to expire, The New York Times reported.

Wednesday marks the fifth anniversary of Garner’s death.

Garner was arrested by NYPD officers on July 17, 2014, after police stopped him for selling individual, untaxed loose cigarettes on a city sidewalk.

He resisted arrest and fought with officers who struggled to take the 350-pound man into custody.

In the process of subduing Garner, video taken by witnesses showed that Officer Pantaleo had his arm around Garner's neck and pressed his face against the sidewalk.

Garner repeatedly told officers “I can’t breathe,” a phrase that became a rallying cry for Black Lives Matter in the months that followed.

Officer Pantaleo later said he tried to use a “seatbelt maneuver” on Garner, and did not mean to put the much larger man into a choke hold.

Garner lost consciousness on the sidewalk, and died in the hospital an hour later from a medical emergency.

Garner's autopsy report showed no damage to any area of his neck, and it was determined that he died of a medical emergency induced by officers who were arresting him. The medical examiner declared it was a homicide.

A New York Grand Jury declined to indict on any criminal charges.

The federal inquiry has dragged on for years and split the Justice Department in half between those who want to go after the officer and those who thought the officer did nothing wrong, according to The New York Times.

Donoghue explained federal prosecutors’ decision not to charge Officer Pantaleo.

The U.S. attorney said that while Garner’s death was a tragedy, “the evidence does not support charging Police Officer Pantaleo with a federal civil rights violation.”

He said federal prosecutors could not prove that the officer “willfully used excessive force to violate Mr. Garner’s rights as required under the law,” The New York Times reported.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office met with Garner’s family and the Reverend Al Sharpton on Tuesday morning ahead of the public announcement.

Afterwards, they held a press conference kicked off with inflammatory remarks by Sharpton.

“Five years ago, Eric Garner was choked to death; today the federal government choked Lady Justice, and that is why we are outraged,” he said.

Sharpton called for Officer Pantaleo’s immediate firing and said the officer should not be given the opportunity to resign.

“There’s nothing standing in the way of that happening but people not standing up for justice…” he said. “Show you’re better than the Trump administration.”

Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, vowed to keep fighting despite the fact she said the U.S. Department of Justice had let her down.

“You killed my son and you won’t get away with it!” she yelled.

Garner’s sister shrieked her displeasure into the microphone.

“I’m going to stand outside and I’m going to scream it. Pantaleo needs to be fired! He needs to be fired!” she demanded. “There is no waiting. There is no nothing. The statute of limitations is tomorrow.”

“Eric died 7/17/14. We’re at 7/16/19!” she continued. “Five years later and there’s still no justice. So no, there will be no calm. No, there will be no peace. No justice, no peace!”

Garner’s mother demanded to be notified by NYPD that Officer Pantaleo had been fired by 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

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BlueLM101
BlueLM101

This whole world will be better off when Sharpton finally kicks the bucket. He and a few others. He's not a civil rights activist. He is more of a race baiter.

BB17
BB17

I'm trying to figure out how the coroner said it was a homicide when he died from a medical emergency, heart attack?

bill fuse
bill fuse

Truly Sorry for the Mans death. But folks need to comply. So Rev Al, why are u not taking out ads in WSJ or Time or Rapper or other Black Mags reminding your people to comply, when a LEO ask them? A LEO will detain someone, til he gets the facts, then release or arrest. It ain’t that hard, especially if the LEO is outnumbered. Rev Al, hadn’t heard you or Jessie on Natl News asking your folks to behave. Your 13% has had more opportunities to better their race WITH Govt assistance, than any other group. Probably even more than Native Americans. Lowest unemployment for blacks in over a decade. Or do u not read real news? Come on Al...quit race baiting... Get with Oboomer and KaperWho, use your resources and REALLY change things.

jcmd621
jcmd621

Seriously. You're gonna violently fight with the police over selling untaxed cigarettes?? Would've been a small fine and back out selling in an hour. Darwin Award goes to.......Police should never be prosecuted for clearly doing their public duty as in this case. HE WAS BREAKING THE LAW END OF STORY.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

If you can say the words "I can't breathe" then you CAN breathe! He was NOT choked to death as the activists and lap dog media would have us believe. Yet another black criminals martyr, while good hard working Christian black men are ignored or considered Uncle Toms

Pack
Pack

Don’t fight and you don’t die, Don’t fight and it all goes easier!

LEO0301
LEO0301

The NYPD won't fire the officer because he did nothing wrong. The Garner family got something like 5 million dollars to get them over his death so they should just go away. I wish blacks would put as much effort into black on black genocide that they do on frivolous cases like this one.

Chrome Dome
Chrome Dome

Nothing but hate for a guy being choked out saying I can’t breathe on video taped footage even though the tape showed the cop’s actions people are still blaming this man for being killed by this rogue cop,I cannot help but wonder what God that these folks are serving.😎

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

The family probably would've reacted the same way even if the guy had been caught in the act of killing someone and got shot! Too long for them to have waited just to find out--Cha-Ching! isn't in their future! The "killed by cop" lottery ticket they thought they had isn't a winner!

xcop985
xcop985

The fat ass caused his own death

Nlaw1962
Nlaw1962

Everytime Al Sharpton is out running his racist tax evading mouth he should be arrested..

new2lv2
new2lv2

Sounds like justice served to me. DOJ made the right decision.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

I saw all the shit the mom was talking on the news. She and the rest of the “band wagoners” should give it up already. Garner broke the law, fought with police, and died because of it. If your medical condition is so fragile, then maybe: A) Don’t break the law B) Don’t fight with Police

new2lv2
new2lv2

For the Police Officer, Yes it does. The Officer did nothing wrong. Garner shouldn't have fought. He killed himself.

LunaMay
LunaMay

All this would've been avoided if he didn't resist smh