|Eric Garner (left) and the police officer who choked him to death, Daniel Pantaleo.|
|Memorial at the site of Eric Garner's killing by police officer. (Photo by Ronald David Jackson)|
By Melanie Eversley,
A New York City grand jury has declined to indict a white police officer in the case of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old unarmed black man who died July 17 in a police chokehold, a lawyer involved in in the case said Wednesday.
Eric Garner's Death by Police Choke-hold Was Recorded by a Bystander
Jonathon Moore, an attorney for the victim's family, said he was told there would be no indictment of Officer Daniel Pantaleo. The medical examiner had ruled the death a homicide.
The decision comes nine days after a grand jury declined to indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the shooting death of an 18-year-old black man, setting off waves of protests across the country.
After Eric Garner Was Chocked Out - Nothing Was Done To Resuscitate Him
A video of the Staten Island incident drew national attention. Garner, who had asthma, is heard shouting "I can't breathe" at least eight times as police take him to the ground in what appears to be a chokehold, an action the New York Police Department prohibits. Garner was pronounced dead at a hospital later that night.