In his campaign commercial Daniel Donovan bragged about his "16 years of experience prosecuting criminal cases and putting criminals behind bars" and about "leading" New York City in felony convictions. But in the case of Eric Garner, prosecutor Donovan switched sides and became a defense attorney for the accused police officer, Daniel Pantaleo.
|Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan. (Screen capture from YouTube video)|
NBC New York might have an explanation for how Daniel Pantaleo managed to completely avoid charges for killing Eric Garner, despite the video that showed the NYPD officer choking the 43-year-old father of six right before he died.
According to NBC's sources, Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan only asked the grand jury to consider charging Pantaleo with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. As the New York Daily News explains, "Those charges are harder to get because they imply that the cop knew his actions could result in death or serious injury — and did them anyway." This means that Donovan didn't present the grand jury with the option of charging Pantaleo with something less serious, such as reckless endangerment, which only would have required the jurors to agree that the cop's actions played a role in Garner's death.