US Justice Department will not bring charges in 2014 police murder of Eric Garner

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US Justice Department will not bring charges in 2014 police murder of Eric Garner

By
Erik Schreiber and Fred Mazelis

18 July 2019

Almost exactly five years after the police killing of Eric Garner in New York, the US Justice Department announced that it would not bring federal charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who put Garner in the chokehold that led to his death. The federal government dragged out its investigation of the homicide until just before the expiration of the statute of limitations for filing the most serious charges.

Attorney General William P. Barr’s decision is a green light for continued brutalization of the working class, up to and including police killings.

In an incident that bystanders captured on video, Pantaleo and other cops confronted the unarmed Garner on a street in the New York City borough of Staten Island…

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