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Grand jury reaches decision in Eric Garner chokehold death


A Staten Island, New York, grand jury has refused to indict a white NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of an unarmed black man, Eric Garner. The incident occurred this past July when Garner was detained and placed in an illegal chokehold by Pantaleo for selling untaxed loose cigarettes. The entire incident was captured on cellphone video, which was uploaded to YouTube and spread throughout social media.

In the video Garner is heard gasping, “I can’t breathe” as the life is choked from his body.  The coroner’s office ruled  the cause of Garner’s death as a homicide due to   “compression of neck, compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.”

The residents of Staten Island are on edge as this decision comes in the wake of the grand jury opting not to indict the white officer who shot Michael Brown to death in Ferguson, Missouri.


  1. sue on December 3, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    So in other words any white cop can kill a black male for a petty crime, that is unarmed and it is justified. And what is sad is we really think that this is going to change.
    Welcome to america!

    • Likewaterforchoc on December 4, 2014 at 8:59 am

      Furthermore, this also teaches us that campaigning for body-cams on police officers will not solve the issue of cops killing unarmed blacks since this entire incident was caught on camera and there was no indictment handed down.