The New York Times reports:
The Justice Department will not bring federal charges against a New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner, ending a yearslong inquiry into a case that sharply divided officials and prompted national protests over excessive force by the police, according to three people briefed on the decision.
Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn intend to announce the decision not to bring criminal civil rights charges on Tuesday morning, just one day before the fifth anniversary of Mr. Garner’s death. That is the deadline by which they would have to file some of the possible charges against the officer, Daniel Pantaleo.
The decision extinguishes the hopes of the Garner family and their supporters that Officer Pantaleo might face prosecution in a case that ignited demonstrations and debates over the use of force by police officers and led to changes in policing practices across the United States.
BREAKING: Justice Department will not criminally prosecute NYPD cop Daniel Pantaleo who killed Eric Garner 5 years ago. Garner was killed with an unlawful chokehold that was taped and viewed by the entire nation. This is a gross injustice.
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) July 16, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) July 16, 2019
— ABC News (@ABC) July 16, 2019
The Justice Dept. will not bring federal charges against the police officer who held Eric Garner in an apparent chokehold, reports @nytimes.
The NYPD bans chokeholds. Examiners say it partly caused Garner’s death.
The officer, Daniel Pantaleo, still has his job. pic.twitter.com/ocRBZtA9cD
— AJ+ (@ajplus) July 16, 2019