New Yorkers react to grand jury decision in Eric Garner case
A grand jury on Wednesday voted not to indict a New York City police officer in the apparent chokehold death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner last July. Richmond County District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan Jr. released a statement announcing the decision, saying “After deliberation on the evidence presented in this matter, the grand jury found there was no reasonable cause to vote for an indictment.”
Daniel Pantaleo, the white NYPD officer who placed Garner in the chokehold after he was detained for apparently selling untaxed cigarettes, will not face charges in the death of the black 43-year-old father of six. The incident was caught on video by a cell phone camera and published nationally, fueling claims of police brutality and unfair treatment of black men by law enforcement.