Police officers are getting a bad reputation lately. It just got worse for them.
Daniel Pantaleo, who gave the fatal chokehold to Eric Garner, will not be indicted by the Staten Island Grand Jury according to reports. When word leaked out about the decision, police are bracing for the worse and are on high alert. Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, was killed July 17 when Pantaleo subdued him on a Tompkinsville street with a banned chokehold.
Police approached him because they thought that he was selling unlicensed cigarettes on the corner. They also looked up his information and noted that he has been arrested 31 times. This sparked outraged since a cell phone video went viral and recorded the entire event.
Before this incident, Pantaleo was accused of false arrest and violating police procedures, both resulting in two different lawsuits.
The panel which consisted of 15 white and 8 black/hispanic jurors, concluded there was not enough there to charge Pantaleo with a crime.
That doesn’t mean Pantaleo is out of woods yet. He still faces departmental charges that could end his career as an New York Police Department Officer.