Grand Jury Near A Decision In Eric Garner Chokehold Case Against NYPD
Less than a week after a grand jury decided not to charge murderer Darren Wilson in the police shooting death of unarmed teenager Mike Brown, a New York City grand jury is now nearing an announcement in the case of an NYPD brutality incident that left a father of 6 dead after being put in a chokehold during an arrest.
via CBS News
A New York City grand jury is quietly nearing a decision in a case that has drawn comparisons to the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
The panel on Staten Island heard testimony last week from a police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. He was believed to be the last witness.
The Staten Island district attorney won’t comment on the proceedings that will determine whether the officer will face criminal charges. But an announcement is expected before the end of the year.
Garner, 43, a father of six, died during an arrest July 17 for allegedly selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. A widely watched amateur video shows one of the arresting officers wrapping his arm around Garner’s neck as he is taken to the ground – while Garner shouts, “I can’t breathe.”
The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office found Garner’s death was caused by compression of neck and chest, and his prone positioning during physical restraint by police.
We pray that justice will be served for Eric Garner and his family.