A white New York City police officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of an African-American man will not face federal criminal charges, the US Justice Department said Tuesday.
US attorney for the Eastern District of NY, said at a news conference yesterday, "Let me say as clear and unequivocally as I can that Mr. Garner's death was a tragedy". She paid tribute to her late sister, Erica, a civil rights campaigner who died of a heart attack in December 2017.
Gwen Carr, Garner's mother, told WPIX the decision was "disappointing" and "to add insult to injury, they waited until the day before his death anniversary to say this".
The marchers on Wednesday chanted and held signs saying "I Can't Breathe", a reference to Garner's dying words, as they marched past federal courthouses. "And today we can't breathe, because they let us down". "Commissioner James O'Neill will nearly certainly fire him, as will be right and proper: That day ended his value as an active-duty officer, even if union protections have let him work at a desk in the interim", writes the Post's editorial board.
Pantaleo initially tried to use two approved restraint tactics on Garner, much larger at 6-foot-2 and about 400 pounds, but ended up wrapping his arm around Garner's neck "in what was, in effect, a chokehold" for about seven seconds as they struggled against a glass storefront window and fell to the sidewalk, Donoghue said. Pantaleo maintained he used a legal takedown manoeuvre called the "seat belt". The medical examiner's office said a chokehold contributed to Garner's death.
Weighing in on whether the police commissioner should fire Pantaleo would rob the officer of his due process rights, said the mayor, who has expressed sympathy with Garner's family.
"Even if we could prove that Officer Pantaleo's hold on Mr. Garner constituted unreasonable force, we would still have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Officer Pantaleo acted willfully in violation of law", said Richard P. Donoghue, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of NY. "In a million years, I could not have believed that the Justice Department would act the way it did".
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"While willfulness may be inferred from blatantly wrongful conduct, such as a gratuitous kick to the head, an officer's mistake, fear, misperception, or even poor judgment does not constitute willful conduct under federal criminal civil rights law", Donoghue said.
Federal investigators have been examining the circumstances of Garner's death since 2014, after a grand jury in NY declined to indict the Staten Island officer.
"All the other administrations have failed my son and the Garner family", she said.
"Five years later and there's still no justice", said Emerald Garner, Eric Garner's daughter. "I want my father".
The mayor, who's running for the 2020 Democratic nomination, added that the metropolis "is no longer the the same" because it modified into at the time of Garner's death.
The resolution comes in the end forward of the fifth anniversary of Garner's death and the expiration of the statute of obstacles.
The "I can't breathe" phrase reflected the frustration with what activists said was a lack of police accountability after police killings of unarmed black men. Athletes like National Basketball Association star LeBron James bore the message on T-shirts in support of the cause.