A New York City police officer involved in the choking death of an unarmed black man will not be indicted.
NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo choked Eric Garner to death during an encounter on July 17 that was caught on video. The video shows Garner pleading with police to leave him alone, raising his hands in the air and then struggling with at least five officers on a New York City sidewalk.
Garner was allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes.
Pantaleo is seen taking Garner down to the ground in a chokehold against NYPD guidelines.
Garner, who has asthma, struggles with the officers.
“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Garner cries out multiple times.
The 43 year old Staten Island father was pronounced dead after being transported to a local hospital.
The medical examiner found that Garner died from compression to the neck. The examiner ruled the case a homicide.
The news comes just one week after a grand jury declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown that has sparked protests in Ferguson, Missouri and across the country.