[VIDEO] Protests After No Indictment For Officer Who Killed Eric Garner In Chokehold.
More upset protesters hit the streets after a Staten Island grand jury ended a criminal case on Wednesday against a white New York police officer whose chokehold on an unarmed black man led to the man’s death. The decision has drawn condemnation from elected officials and touched off a wave of protests in the streets of NY.
The entire fatal encounter was captured on video in July and seen around the world through websites and social media. After viewing the footage and hearing from the witnesses, including the officer who used to the chokehold, the jurors deliberated for less than a day before deciding that there was not enough evidence to go forward with charges against the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, 29, in the death of Eric Garner, 43.
According to the New York Times, officer Pantaleo, who has been on the force for 8 years, appeared before the grand jury on November 21, testifying that he did not intend to choke Mr. Garner, who was being arrested for allegedly selling un-taxed loose cigarettes. He described the maneuver as a take down move, adding that he never thought Mr. Garner was in mortal danger.
Garner’s parents pleaded with citizens to protest peacefully and not follow the riots that have been going on in Ferguson, Missouri.
Below you can see the video in its entirety as they approach Garner. He insists he was being harassed and asked the police to leave him alone. He was at that point he was taken to the ground and killed. Watch the video and see for yourself if you think this move was justified.