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No Indictment in NYPD "Chokehold Death"

December 03, 2014  | 

A Staten Island grand jury cleared an NYPD officer Wednesday in the chokehold death of Eric Garner during his caught-on-video arrest for peddling loose cigarettes, reports the New York Post.

The panel voted a "no-bill" and dismissed all potential charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo, sources said.

The blockbuster decision capped weeks of investigation by the special grand jury, which was empaneled in September specifically to review evidence in Garner's racially charged death.

It was unclear exactly what charges prosecutors asked the grand jury to consider filing, or how the vote went.

Police union leaders denied that Pantaleo used a chokehold — which is banned by the NYPD — and blasted the autopsy as part of a “political” witch hunt.

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Dountplz @ 12/3/2014 12:25 PM

There was no choke hold that I saw. He grabbed him round the neck pulled him down and sat on him. There was no choke hold. As soon as they hit eth ground the arm was gone from his neck/throat area.

He was overweight and couldn't breath laying on his belly while struggling with several officers who were trying to cuff him.

Did I miss something.

Robert @ 12/3/2014 12:49 PM

I agree,Dountplz!!!! So the grand jury system does work.I am super glad that did grand jury did not let the Ferguson Circus influence their decision..Way to go jurors!!!

Retired NY Boss @ 12/3/2014 12:49 PM

Good. Score another one for the good guys.

Tschako @ 12/3/2014 12:55 PM

When I started, we were taught the choke hold. That wasn't a choke hold.

Bill @ 12/3/2014 1:16 PM

There is a separate issue in this case. The reason they initially made contact with that man was because he was selling cigarettes. The issue is bad legislation. Really, all that for cigarettes? (Before you Cali folks get all bent out of shape, realize that your legislators are nutjobs. Chew on that.)
For instance, how about the case of a 90+ year old man being arrested for feeding the needy, which he has done for over thirty years. The case was tossed. Bad legislation, and even worse PR for the LEO's.
Now, in the Gardner case, there will still be a civil suit. So, this bad legislation has cost a man his life, and will cost the taxpayers millions. Who wins?

That's a significant question. Who wins? The legislators are unaccountable for the affects of their dictates, the cops now have to contend with a pissed off public, a family lost a loved one, a mans life was cut short, the taxpayer forks over millions, and absolutely nothing changes. Who wins?

BT @ 12/3/2014 1:37 PM

Your right Dountplz. His arm was out within a few seconds of hitting the ground. He wasn't choked to death. Again, what part of "just comply with the police" don't they understand. Never would have happened if he had just complied. Same as Furgeson, Mo.

Bart @ 12/3/2014 1:45 PM

"I can't breathe" (deep breath), "I can't breathe" (deep breath), "I can't breathe" (deep breath). Last time I checked, if you really can't breathe you also can't talk and struggle and resist.

PoPo50 @ 12/3/2014 1:59 PM

I'm glad the officer was exonerated. I'm sorry another life was lost, regardless of the circumstances. Neither the officer nor Gardner woke up that morning intending to either kill or die. I don't know what the answer is anymore. This noble profession has become the replacement for ambulance chasing lawyers who most people despise. We use to be considered hero's in our communities. Now we are considered corrupt, killers, abusers, authoritative etc. I am so glad I am close to the end of my career, because there is long road ahead of us. I said it before and I'll say again, continue to do good work, weed out the bad apples on the job and when possible show some tolerance instead of power.

claywatson @ 12/3/2014 2:03 PM

"Comply" has two syllables. Is a simpler word needed?

Leonard Mather @ 12/3/2014 2:23 PM

Garner fits the criteria for a probable Metabolic Syndrome. Someone should look into those criteria. It would explain his difficulty in breathing upon simple exertion. And if we get his LDL, Triglycerides, and Glucose tolerance results plus the medically determined waist size, it looks to me that we have a Metabolic Syndrome not meant for being with us very long. Some of these have been known to die while straining to defecate. Had that happened to him, his family would have to sue the toilet paper company on grounds of "tough tissue."

krisnlc @ 12/3/2014 2:28 PM

Why is it that everyone seems to miss the key points...Police officers dont just go after you for no reason. some one calls them for aid...or they witness a violation of some type...regardless of how small the violation is...if it is in the 'law' they have an abligation to address it. So now the people in violation of the law, don't like the pettiness of the law and or the accountability that comes with it..decide to resist based on 'pettiness'...and wah la...there you have it a dead fat man...and the cop is being blamed... BS. follow the law and you dont end up in bad circumstances. lay with dogs and you get fleas man...

there it is..glad the officer was exonerated in this circumstance.

ExFed @ 12/3/2014 3:03 PM

Another smoking related death.

sam @ 12/3/2014 6:03 PM

you scum bag pigs don't give a dam about human life do you > When one of you gets killed your looking for all the help from people. I hope nobody helps cops anymore

sam @ 12/3/2014 6:09 PM

I see some of you who don't give a dam about human life are going with the grand jury. I guess the gran jury should go to prison together with you murderers. The gran jury system is as corrupt as the police departments in this country

Norm Barnett @ 12/3/2014 6:11 PM

I've done hundreds of takedowns such as was NOT a chokehold. The suspect was resisting arrest, and succumbed to an unfortunate ACCIDENT arising from his refusal to submit to a lawful order. This was not a homicide. Thank God for the Grand Jury system.

sam @ 12/3/2014 7:33 PM

Norm what the hell is this B. S. lawful order . What the hell do you people think we are in the military? Oh I forgot the police has been militarized Having seen you people dressed like the military going to war answering a call of a child carrying a plastic gun. You people make me sick.

Capt. Crunch @ 12/3/2014 7:49 PM

There is no need for race wars. There are some African Americans that do not like living in the USA. Our government should give these Americans, who do not like living here a free one way passage to what ever country they like with no return. The USA government should also let it be known that if you are a minority and chose to stay here you will be subjected to all laws that every American has to follow. I feel this would make many people happy and save bloodshed and government money. Personally if I could not live happy in this country I would move to another country. So either get along with each other or move.

sam @ 12/3/2014 8:18 PM

crunch you nothing but a scum bag racist.

Bill @ 12/3/2014 8:31 PM

Is that Lenny?

Norm @ 12/3/2014 9:21 PM

To Sam: The "BS" lawful order (as you perceive it) was to submit to the legitimate arrest for the illegal act of selling the bootlegged cigarettes for which he was being investigated for. Had Garner cooperated, despite his protestation.....he would have had his day in court. Your obvious hatred toward LE is abundantly evident by the fact you troll this website to spew your venom. But hey, that's your 1st Amendment right...... As it is mine to express my own view.

Capt. Crunch @ 12/3/2014 9:26 PM

@ Sam and Bill. if trying to make people get along with each other makes me a racist will then maybe I am. Why don't you 2 butt heads tell me your solution.

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 12/3/2014 11:51 PM

Hey Sam how about you look real hard at that tape and watch as the gentlemen resists arrest. Also the hold was on for about four seconds at the most and let go. He still did not stop resisting and was finally handcuffed by five officers. It would have only been the two that were trying to get him to peacefully comply. Again another person that made the choice to resist and due to his bulk paid the ultimate price for it.

XXXXX @ 12/4/2014 5:41 AM

I would love to give Sam a pair of handcuffs, point at an agitated 350 pound man and say, "go get him Sam". I bet his post would reflect a different message. BTW, if one of the officers were to have had a heart attack during this event, would it have been the suspect's fault for resisting? Was Garner racist for not following the commands given to him by a white police officer?

Bill @ 12/4/2014 5:45 AM

@Capt. Crunch.
I never said you were a racist. I have never called anybody a racist on here. If you want to understand my position, then read my comments above. As for a solution, I don't have one. In fact, we have allowed a single, unaccountable group(the legislators), come up with solutions and you can see where that has gotten us.

Captain @ 12/4/2014 7:34 AM

has any ever heard of positional asphyxiation? many people arrested that are overweight, drug usage have to be watched for this after a struggle with police

B.T. @ 12/4/2014 9:04 AM

The real racism comes from people like Al Sharpton and Eric Holder.
Want some truth, listen to Milwaukee Co. Sheriff David Clarke.

Capt. Crunch @ 12/4/2014 9:47 AM

@ Bill, I thought you were calling me Lenny, if that is not the case then I apologize.

Bill @ 12/4/2014 10:19 AM

Hahaha. I was calling Sam Lenny.

sam @ 12/4/2014 12:59 PM

popo 50 you are sorry that another life was lost and you are glad t the cop was exnonerated regardless of the circunstances. are you kidding me? The man was murdered for selling single cigarettes, and again a cop got away with murder. lately the motto has been "KILL FIRST and ask questions later"

Bill @ 12/4/2014 3:08 PM

You are going to have to push through your emotions, man. Watch that video again. The cop's arm never went for a choke, let alone actually choke him.
You are not going to get far on this site if you come on here saying cops are murderers.

XXXXX @ 12/4/2014 5:03 PM

Sam, if you were somehow close to Mr. Garner, I'm sorry for your loss. However, you must be a fool if you think any officer goes out with the intentions or desire to hurt/kill anyone. We are the most scrutinized profession on the planet. Every minute of our day is documented and sometimes video taped. Do you have any idea what an officer goes through if he injures a person? Kills a Person? Maybe you should ask an officer sometime. Believe me it isn't like TV. We don't shoot up the town, kill a bunch of people and go home on time with no paperwork. I think I speak for most officers when I say if I don't get in another fight or every have to shoot a person the rest of my career, I'm okay with that. Take care, Sam I hope one day you understand.

Capt. Crunch @ 12/4/2014 8:34 PM

Hey Sammy, your going to have to find another cigarette dealer now you POS.

Bill @ 12/5/2014 7:25 PM

We are not all assholes.

I swore an Oath, as well.

claywatson @ 12/6/2014 9:00 AM

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