News has broken that Officer Daniel Pantaleo will not be indicted for applying a chokehold to Eric Garner while arresting him for allegedly illegally selling cigarettes on July 17. Many believe the officer’s force led to Garner’s death as the video of the arrest went viral this summer.
The Staten Island jury deciding rather or not to indict Panteleo was made up of 23 Staten Island residents. This decision means no criminal charges will be brought against Panteleo which will serve as another blow to many protesting for justice to be served in the face of police using extreme, unnecessary force. NYPD guidelines state that chokeholds are banned.
The NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton stated that there could still be charges filed as there may be up to three separate investigations done on the incident possibly leading to civil or federal charges.
The city is expecting demonstrations to be held across New York in retaliation to the jury’s decision.
“When the decision comes, I expect, regardless of what the decision is, that there’ll be some demonstrations,” Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan told reporters on Tuesday.
“It’s not going to be a Ferguson-like protest because I think everybody knows my father wasn’t a violent man and they’re going to respect his memory by remaining peaceful,” Garner’s 18-year-old son, Eric Snipes told the Daily News.
The story is still developing.
ColorofChange.org has begun a petition that will send letters to the Department of Justice and Attorney General Eric Holder.
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