Just 10 days after the grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of teenager, Michael Brown, another decision has been made by the grand jury. According to a report posted by ABC News which was posted on Dec. 3, the grand jury has decided not to indict the NYPD police officer who killed Eric Garner by giving him a choke hold. Although the decision has been made not to indict, the mayor of New York City has asked not to resort to violent protests and is echoing the father of Eric Garner on the same.
Although the decision has been made meaning the NYPD officer will not be charged for the shooting, Garner’s family has already made the decision to file a wrongful death case against the NYPD for $75 million.
The grand jury was made up of 23 people living on Staten Island. They were led by a foreperson. The decision required that at least 12 people on the grand jury agree on it. Although this decision was made, the police commissioner said there could still be at least three more charges placed against the officer. These three charges could lead to more investigations which could lead to either a civil case or even federal charges against him.
Panteleo, 29, who is the officer who apparently put Garner in the choke hold and killed him made a statement after the grand jury decision was made and it said,
I became a police officer to help people and to protect those who can’t protect themselves. It is never my intention to harm anyone and I feel very bad about the death of Mr. Garner. My family and I include him and his family in our prayers and I hope that they will accept my condolences for their loss.
As well as all of this, the Rockefeller tree lighting became the main target for protesters against the decision of the grand jury. According to a report posted by USA Today, many people are calling for the tree lighting to be shut down using the hashtag #shutitdown.
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