New Yorkers react to grand jury decision in Eric Garner case

  • A group of protesters rallying against a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner occupies the eastbound traffic lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge in the early morning hours of Dec. 4, 2014, in New York.
  • People take part in a protest against the grand jury decision on the death of Eric Garner in midtown Manhattan in New York, Dec. 3, 2014. A New York City grand jury decision not to charge white police officer Daniel Pantaleo who killed unarmed black man Garner with a chokehold sparked outrage and protests on Wednesday, and the U.S. Justice Department said it would investigate the incident. 
  • Police form a line during a protest against the grand jury decision on the death of Eric Garner, in New York, Dec. 3, 2014. A New York City grand jury decision not to charge white police officer Daniel Pantaleo who killed unarmed black man Garner with a chokehold sparked outrage and protests on Wednesday, and the U.S.
  • Demonstrators hold an impromptu vigil for Eric Garner, the man killed by a police officer in July using a chokehold, outside the beauty salon where the confrontation took place on Dec. 3, 2014 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. A grand jury declined to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death. 
  • People take part in a protest against the grand jury decision on the death of Eric Garner in midtown Manhattan in New York on Dec. 3, 2014. 
  • People take part in a protest against the grand jury decision on the death of Eric Garner in midtown Manhattan in New York, N.Y. on Dec. 3, 2014.
  • Gwen Carr, mother of the late Eric Garner, listens as Rev. Al Sharpton (not pictured) speaks at the National Action Network in Harlem, New York Dec. 3, 2014. 
  • Protestors shout at Times Square after it was announced that the New York City police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner is not being indicted, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York.
  • Demonstrators hold their hands up during a protest against the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case, in Times Square in New York, Dec. 3, 2014. A New York City grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer who killed an unarmed black man with a chokehold sparked outrage and protests on Wednesday, and the U.S. Justice Department said it would investigate the incident.
  • Officials stand guard near Radio City Music Hall, where protesters gathered on the perimeter of the Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony after it was announced that the New York City police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner is not being indicted, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. A grand jury cleared the white New York City police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of Garner, an unarmed black man, who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, a lawyer for the victim’s family said. 
  • A man pauses at an makeshift memorial for Eric Garner, the man killed by a police officer in July using a chokehold, outside the beauty salon where the confrontation took place on Dec. 3, 2014 in the Staten Island borough of New York, N.Y.
  • A man, left, holds his hands up as New York City Police officers secure a street near Rockefeller Center during a protest after it was announced that the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner is not being indicted, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. 
  • A police officer stands over activists, demanding justice for the death of Eric Garner, as they stage a ‘die-in’ during rush hour at Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New York on Dec. 3, 2014. A New York City grand jury on Wednesday returned no indictment against a white police officer who used a chokehold on an unarmed black man who died as police tried to arrest him for illegally selling cigarettes, local media reported. 
  • People protest the grand jury decision to not indict New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Eric Garner’s death on Dec. 3, 2014 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. Eric Garner was killed by a police officer Daniel Pantaleo on July 17, 2014 after Pantaleo suspected him of selling untaxed cigarettes and putting him in a choke hold. 
  • Women stand next to a makeshift memorial where Eric Garner died after an arrest in July in the Staten Island borough of New York, Dec. 3, 2014. A New York grand jury has decided not to charge a police officer in the death of Garner, who was placed in an apparent chokehold after cops confronted him for illegally selling cigarettes. The decision comes just a week and a half after a grand jury in Missouri decided not to indict a white police officer in another racially charged killing of a black man. 
  • A man yells and chant slogans near the site of Eric Garner’s death after it was announced that the New York police officer involved in the death of Garner is not being indicted in the borough of Staten Island, New York, Dec. 3, 2014.
  • A demonstrator stands next to a makeshift memorial where Eric Garner died during an arrest in July in the Staten Island borough of New York, Dec. 3, 2014. A New York grand jury has decided not to charge a police officer in the death of Garner, who was placed in an apparent chokehold after cops confronted him for illegally selling cigarettes. 
  • A woman wears a t-shirt with a photo of Eric Garner while people gather at a makeshift memorial, where he died after an arrest in July, in the Staten Island borough of New York, Dec. 3, 2014. A New York City grand jury on Wednesday returned no indictment against white police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who used an apparent chokehold on an unarmed black man, Garner, who died as police tried to arrest him for illegally selling cigarettes.
  • Benjamin Carr (C), stepfather of Eric Garner, leaves the Staten Island prosecutors office in the Staten Island borough of New York, Dec. 3, 2014. A New York grand jury has decided not to charge a police officer in the death of Garner, who was placed in an apparent chokehold after cops confronted him for illegally selling cigarettes.
  • A photo of Eric Garner is displayed at a makeshift memorial, where he died during an arrest in July, at the Staten Island borough of New York, Dec. 3, 2014. A New York City grand jury on Wednesday returned no indictment against white police officer Daniel Pantaleo who used an apparent chokehold on an unarmed black man, Garner, who died after police tried to arrest him for illegally selling cigarettes.
  • People stand around outside the beauty salon where Eric Garner was placed in an apparent chokehold by a New York police officer, on Dec. 3, 2014 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. Garner died of a heart attack on the way to a hospital after the incident. A grand jury announced Wednesday that they decided to not indict New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death.
  • Security personnel stand outside Richmond County Supreme Court after a grand jury’s decision not to indict a New York police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, Dec. 3, 2014, in the Staten Island borough of New York. The medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide and found that an apparent chokehold contributed to it. Police union officials and the police officers’ lawyer have argued that the officer used a takedown move taught by the police department, not a chokehold, because he was resisting arrest and that Garner’s poor health was the main reason he died.

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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.

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