After federal investigators announced that the NYPD officer in Eric Garner's chokehold death would not be charged, Garner's mother Gwen Carr called for accountability: "That is outrage, an insult to injury. You killed my son & you won't get away with it." https://t.co/gGBOvGmGuM pic.twitter.com/IwSzSt43M2
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) July 17, 2019
Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they won’t bring criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words – “I can’t breathe” – became a rallying cry as the nation confronted a long history of police brutality. The decision to end a yearslong civil rights investigation was made by Attorney General William Barr and was announced the day before the five-year anniversary of the deadly encounter, just as the statute of limitations was set to expire.
Barr disregarded a recommendation by civil rights prosecutors in Washington who favored filing criminal charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo, siding instead with prosecutors in Brooklyn who said the evidence wasn’t sufficient to make a case, a Justice Department official told The Associated Press.