A New York City police officer was not indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in connection to Eric Garner’s death, MPR Newsreported.
Jurors said they did not have enough evidence to charge Officer Daniel Pantalo, The New York Times reported.
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Garner, who was black, died in July after being held in a chokehold by Officer Pantalo, who is white, after Garner was allegedly seen selling cigarettes on the sidewalk, MPR News reported. Garner’s death went viral after video footage of his death was released.
Garner’s death was ruled a homicide, but the medical examiner also noted that Garner suffered from asthma and heart disease, which also contributed to his death.
The ruling has sparked protests with the slogan “Black lives matter.”
President Obama also weighed in on the matter. MPR News reports:
President Obama says the Eric Garner case “speaks to the larger issues that we’ve been talking about now for the last week, the last month, the last year — and sadly, for decades. And that is, the concern on the part of too many minority communities that law enforcement is not working with them and dealing with them in a fair way.”
Today’s Question: What do you think of the decision not to charge officer Daniel Pantaleo?