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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

No charges for NYC Police Officer in Chokehold Death of a Black Man Selling Cigarettes



AFP Photo / Timothy A. Clary
Earlier today, a New York City grand jury returned no indictment against a white police officer who used a choke hold on Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, while arresting him for illegally selling cigarettes, local media reported.
They said the Staten Island panel decided against criminal charges for Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo.
New York officials were preparing for likely protests as a grand jury returned no indictment against the police in the July 17 incident which led to the death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six.
Officials on Staten Island, the city's smallest borough and site of Garner's death, have been told to expect a heightened police presence in the wake of violent protests last week after a grand jury in Missouri did not charge a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen in August.
Protesters may march to federal prosecutors' offices in Brooklyn, which some hope will take over the Garner case if there is no local indictment, according to activist Al Sharpton's National Action Network.
"We're just praying and hoping that things don't get out of hand," said Bobby Digi, a Staten Island activist and businessman. "We've been doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work to just try to get temperaments at bay."
After the Missouri grand jury decision in the death of Michael Brown, rioters clashed with police, burning down buildings and looting stores. The decision also prompted dozens of sympathy demonstrations across the United States, including in New York where major roadways were shut down.

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