NEW YORK – A lawyer says a grand jury in New York City has declined to indict a white police officer on criminal charges in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man in July.
Jonathon Moore, an attorney for the victim's family, said Wednesday he was told there would be no indictment of Officer Daniel Pantaleo (Pahn-TUH'-lay-oh) in the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner. Garner was stopped in Staten Island on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.
Amateur video shot by an onlooker showed Garner refusing to be handcuffed. Pantaleo responded by putting Garner in an apparent chokehold, which is banned under NYPD policy. Garner was heard yelling, "I can't breathe!"
Moore says he is "astonished by the decision."