No Federal Charges in Eric Garner’s Death at Hands of New York Police – Reason.com

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There will be no federal charges filed against New York Police Department (NYPD) officers responsible for a confrontation with Eric Garner that turned deadly years ago, all over the sale of black market cigarettes.

Tomorrow marks the fifth anniversary of the death of Garner, who was captured on video in Staten Island getting choked by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo during an attempt to arrest the man on suspicion that he was selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. Garner’s wheezing of “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry for activism and protests about the way police officers treat black men. His death, a result of an asthma attack, was attributed to Pantaleo’s chokehold and the pressure put on the man’s body.

So far, no actual punishment has been visited upon Pantaleo or any of the officers involved in Garner’s death. Back in 2014, Staten Island’s district attorney sent the case to a grand jury, but they declined…

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