Eric Garner died in July 2014 when Ofcr Daniel Pantaleo and other officers had stopped the unarmed man, over selling untaxed cigarettes. Garner died after Pantaleo, used a chokehold to subdue him, his final gasps of “I can’t breathe,” captured on a cellphone video
Federal civil prosecutors have recommended to top Justice Department officials that the cop involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner face charges. The recommendation to indict the officer, Daniel Pantaleo reportedly, reached the desk of deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, on Friday.
No decision, is known to have been made on whether to move forward with the case.
Recommendation to indict the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, has reached the desk of Dep. Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein
Although federal civil rights prosecutors have recommended charges against the New York police officer implicated in the 2014 death of Eric Garner, some top Justice Department officials have expressed strong reservations about whether to move forward with a case they say may not be winnable.
Eric Garner from Staten Island, NY died on July 17, 2014 during a police stop and search
The victim died in 2014 when Pantaleo and other officers had stopped Garner, who was unarmed, over accusations of selling untaxed cigarettes.
Shortly after the altercation Garner died on a Staten Island street after the police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, used a chokehold to subdue him. His final gasps of “I can’t breathe,” captured on a cellphone video, became a rallying cry for protesters around the country.
However, a grand jury did not indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD cop who put Garner in a chokehold in the moments leading his July 17, 2014, death.
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In recent weeks, federal efforts kicked up a notch as career prosecutors recommended civil rights charges against Pantaleo and sought approval from the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, to seek an indictment, according to the officials.
AG Rosenstein is known to have convened several meetings that revealed divisions within the Justice Department over whether to move forward. No decision has been made, but a source hinted that, based on the discussions so far, it appeared unlikely that the Dep. Attorney General would approve charges.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has also been briefed on the case and could weigh in after Mr. Rosenstein makes his own recommendation, officials said.