Daniel Pantaelo, the NYPD cop who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold last July, will not face charges for the killing, after a grand jury decided not to file charges today.
Garner, who had asthma, told police several times that he couldn’t breathe as Pantaelo held him in an illegal chokehold, ultimately leading to his death.
The NYPD’s policy explicitly prohibits chokeholds, and Garner’s death was ruled a homicide by the New York City medical examiner in August. It’s also no secret that Pantaleo was the target of two civil suits before the incident with Garner.
The decision—which comes nine days after a grand jury failed to indicted Ferguson, Mo., cop Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown—will almost certainly inspire protests. NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told reporters this week the department will address demonstrations using the same strategies it used during Occupy Wall Street.
Watch the incident in the video below. Warning: Some viewers might find it disturbing: