The New York City police officer responsible for the chokehold death of Eric Garner will not face any charges.
The decision not to bring charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo comes a day before the statute of limitations was set to expire on the fifth anniversary of the encounter that led to Garner’s death.
Back in 2014, officers attempted to arrest Garner of charges he sold loose, untaxed cigarettes outside a Staten Island convenience store. He refused to be handcuffed, and officers took him down.
A bystander video shows Garner crying out “I can’t breath” at least 11 times before he falls unconscious. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Garner’s death, along with deaths of other black men at the hands of police officers, sparked national outrage and a cry for police reform.
The other officers involved in the incident will not face any criminal charges as well.
Officer Pantaleo has remained on the job but not in the field.
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