On Wednesday, a Staten Island grand jury cleared a New York Police Department officer of all criminal wrongdoing in an incident that took place over the summer, when officer Daniel Pantaleo put Eric Garner, a 43-year-old black man who was a father of six, in a chokehold that killed him. Garner, an asthmatic, repeatedly told the officer that he couldn’t breathe as he was being choked.
The kicker is that the entire incident was caught on video by a bystander’s phone. The video is clear, shows the whole incident, and was taken close enough to Garner and Pantaleo to pick up audio of Garner’s pleas.
Police say Garner was stopped for selling untaxed cigarettes. In the video of the incident between Garner and Pantaleo, the officer put him in a chokehold, which is prohibited by NYPD policy. Police unions have denied that Pantaleo used a chokehold. But the Medical Examiner’s Office that reviewed Garner’s body after he died ruled that he died of “compression of neck (chokehold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.”
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