Cop cleared in chokehold death of Eric Garner

Earlier this year a man complained of complications while trying to breathe after he was taken to the ground with force by police officers in New York City.  A police officer wrapped his arm around the neck of the much larger Eric Garner, much like that in a rear-naked-choke, a submission move used in mixed martial arts.

Garner was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Today according to an article in the New York Post the police officer who applied the hold will not be charged.  The story became a topic of controversy as many questioned whether or not the officers needed to use force and if so, how did Garner’s death result from those actions.

Albeit a sad story which has put police officers under the microscope it appears as if a special grand jury has found the officer to not be at fault.

New York Post Story here:

A Staten Island grand jury cleared an NYPD cop Wednesday in the chokehold death of Eric Garner during his caught-on-video arrest for peddling loose cigarettes, The Post has learned.

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.

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