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Justice Denied Once Again as Eric Garner’s Murderer Goes Free.

Five years after the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man whose last words were “I can’t breathe,” started a rallying cry, the Justice Department has decided that they will not bring federal charges against the New York City police officer responsible for strangling him to death. The announcement came on the exact deadline of the statue of limitations running out, with no charges being pressed to Daniel Pantaleo, Garner’s murderer. On July 17th, 2014, Garner was stopped by NYPD officers on a street corner in Staten Island for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. Garner’s friend, who was with him at the time, captured the encounter, which depicted Garner pulling his arm away from the Pantaleo and Pantaleo putting him in a chokehold and forcing him to the ground. In the video, it can be heard that Garner repeated “I can’t breathe” eleven times as officers continue to restrain him. After falling unconscious, officers left him on the sidewalk as they awaited an ambulance to arrive. He was announced dead at the hospital an hour later. Despite the medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide and the NYPD having specific policy prohibiting the use of a chokehold, Pantaleo was neither […]

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