U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday said they will not charge an N.Y.P.D. officer in the death of Eric Garner, whose final words, "I can't breathe," inspired national protests against the unpunished police killings of Black people in America.
So, nothing has changed.
They cited lack of evidence.
The Justice Department will tell the family of Mr. Garner, who was selling untaxed cigarettes at the time he died in a chokehold by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo.
The officer appears quite plaingly to have strangled him to death using a banned chokehold maneuver, which cut off Garner's ability to breathe.
It's been five years. The only punishment Pantaleo received is being demoted to desk duty.
The person who captured video of the NYPD killing Eric Garner, Ramsey Orta, may face over 50 years in prison for filming a murder.
The man who did the killing walks free among us.
The federal investigation into Eric Garner's death ends after five years with no charges for Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who strangled him to death https://t.co/d6vzUzCnxU
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) July 16, 2019
A woman who identified herself as Eric Garner's daughter reacted emotionally upon leaving a meeting with @EDNYnews officials. She said the family was told there would be no charges. Some @NationalAction officials said her name is Emerald Garner, but she wouldn't confirm. pic.twitter.com/v9nObVUsgl
— Nicole Fuller (@nicolefuller) July 16, 2019
Daniel Pantaleo killed Eric Garner with a prohibited chokehold. In the five years since, all he's been punished with is desk duty. https://t.co/2zoFTLvAl6
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) July 16, 2019
The Garner family has been denied justice at every turn. This is an outrage. Eric Garner was choked to death in full view of the world and there have been zero consequences. #icantbreathe https://t.co/eg5Vk1jbMA
— Ruben Diaz Jr. (@rubendiazjr) July 16, 2019