No charges against NY police in choking death of black man

Protest erupts in New York after police officer avoids charges in Eric Garner chokehold case

Protest erupts in New York after police officer avoids charges in Eric Garner chokehold case

Richard Donoghue, the USA attorney in Brooklyn, said there was "insufficient evidence" that officer Daniel Pantaleo broke the law or contributed to the death of Eric Garner during an arrest on July 17, 2014.

U.S. attorney Richard P Donoghue said: "Mr Garner's death is a tragedy...but the evidence here does not support charging police officer Daniel Pantaleo or any other officer with a federal criminal civil rights violation".

Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, urged the New York City police commissioner to fire the officer involved in her son's death. I stood by for five years.

Echoing the feedback of Garner's family, Mr de Blasio said in a assertion that the justice department had failed the metropolis.

Carr said she and her family will continue to push to get Pantaleo and the other officers fired. "The ones who were on the scene that day who murdered my son".

"You can do something about it", said Takiema McKiver, 30, from St. Albans, Queens, responding to de Blasio's comments. "You have the power". "We should never have put our faith in the federal government and we'll never make that mistake again". The crowd later marched to NYPD headquarters in Lower Manhattan, where they laid down cardboard coffins.

Garner died July 17, 2014 after Pantaleo placed him in a chokehold.

"It was all captured on video, in plain view, and yet somehow Pantaleo and all of the officers involved in Eric's murder have been able to walk away with a slap on the wrist - if that". Pantaleo denies he used a chokehold.

"I can't breathe" became a rallying cry for police reform activists, coming amid a stretch of other deaths of black men at the hands of white officers.

The medical examiner testified during a disciplinary hearing that Pantaleo's alleged chokehold caused an asthma attack and was "part of the lethal cascade of events".

In the years since Garner's death, the NYPD has made a series of sweeping changes on how it relates to the communities it serves, ditching a policy of putting rookie officers in higher-crime precincts in favor of a neighborhood policing model that revolves around community officers tasked with getting to know New Yorkers.

This was followed by the interminable process of a federal review of possible civil rights charges, a method that has been used on a few rare occasions to charge police-most recently in NY in the case of Francis Livoti, who used a chokehold to kill Anthony Baez on a Bronx street in the 1990s.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced that it did not reach a conclusive determination as to whether Pantaleo willfully committed misconduct, the necessary element to bring federal charges that Pantaleo violated Garner's civil rights through excessive use of force.

The NYPD has brought departmental charges against Pantaleo.

The refusal of the authorities to bring charges in the vast majority of police killings stems above all from the role of the police as the enforcers of the capitalist status quo. If found guilty of using the chokehold and restricting Garner's breathing, Pantaleo could face discipline ranging from loss of vacation days to the loss of his job. The Civil Complaint Review Board (CCRB) repeated its stance to for Pantaleo to be fired.