On July 17, 2014, New York City Police officer Daniel Pantaleo put 43-year old Eric Garner in an illegal chokehold while attempting to arrest Garner for selling loose cigarettes without proper tax stamps. Despite Garner repeating, “I can’t breathe” several times, Pantaleo continued to choke Garner for 15 seconds. Garner lost consciousness and suffered an asthma attack and died at the scene. The entire incident was videotaped by Ramsey Orta and went viral. The New York City Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide. After a Richmond County Grand Jury voted not to indict Pantaleo, the New York U.S. Attorney at the time, Loretta Lynch began a federal civil rights investigation. On July 16, 2019 that federal case came to a close when U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced that no federal charges would be brought against any of the officers involved in the case. Caren Morrison, Professor of Law at Georgia State University, joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing on July 29, 2019.
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