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In a letter to the Department of Justice, the NYPD said will has decided to begin its own internal disciplinary inquiry into the 2014 death of Eric Garner in police custody, regardless of whether or not the DOJ's probe into the incident is completed.

Lawrence Byrne the department’s deputy commissioner of legal matters — wrote, “The NYPD has come to the conclusion that given the extraordinary passage of time since the incident without a final decision on the US DOJ’s criminal investigation, any further delay in moving ahead with our own disciplinary proceedings can no longer be justified."

Garner died in a struggle with NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo on the North Shore of Staten Island.

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