The Department of Justice will not be filing charges against NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.
The disheartening news comes nearly five years to the day Eric was choked to death by police on a Staten Island street for selling loose cigarettes.
Tina Luongo, attorney-in-charge of the criminal defense practice at the Legal Aid Society said:
For five long years, the United States District Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District has played politics with Mr. Garner’s killing, unnecessarily prolonging his family’s anguish.
All eyes now fall to City Hall, where Mayor Bill de Blasio can finally deliver some measure of justice to the Garner family and those communities historically plagued by police brutality by firing NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo.
We hope that the Mayor at long last prioritizes the people of New York over the police union and abandons the political calculation that has ruled his decision making on this matter to date.
The Garner family deserves justice and answers now.
To add insult to injury, Daniel Pantaleo is still on the force, working on modified assignment without a gun or badge.
On Monday night, Rev. Al Sharpton said:
We will continue to pursue the department and demand that they take his job.
We can’t have a cop working in this city who puts a man in a chokehold on tape, and the man says ‘I can’t breathe’ 11 times.
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