Police officer in NYC chokehold death won’t be charged

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Eric Garner’s sister hopes to honor his memory with peaceful march.

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NEW YORK — A grand jury decided against an indictment Wednesday in the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, who died after white police officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in a chokehold, according to two law enforcement officials.

The New York City Police Department prohibits the move.

“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe,” Garner cried out after he went down on July 17. Seconds later, the 350-pound man, who suffered from asthma, lay motionless and unresponsive on the sidewalk. An ambulance carried him away on a stretcher.

He was pronounced dead that day at age 43.

Some have feared of a repeat of the violence that has occurred in Ferguson, Mo.

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