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Grand Jury Declines To Indict NYPD Officer In Eric Garner Death

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New information has come to light in the case of Eric Garner.

Garner, 43, died at the hands of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in July 2014. Pantaleo choked Garner to death and other officers slammed his body to the ground. His last words were “I can't breathe.” Garner was unarmed. Pantaleo's use of a chokehold on Garner is prohibited by the NYPD. On December 3, 2014, a grand jury decided not to indict Pantaleo, a decision that sparked protest against police brutality.

Pantaleo is still employed by the NYPD, and Think Progress has obtained new documents that show Pantaleo had a history of violence on the beat prior to the incident with Garner. The documents were obtained by the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board.

The documents show evidence of an abusive vehicle stop-and-search in 2011, and an abusive stop and frisk in 2012. Both incidents resulted in two-part complaints against Pantaleo.

According to Think Progress, the new information reveals that Pantaleo failed to obtain medical treatments for someone, hit someone against an inanimate object, made abusive stops-and-searches on two separate occasions, and used physical force during other incidents.

Jonathan Moore, a civil-rights attorney who represented Garner’s family, said this past history should have raised some eyebrows, Moore said:

“Regardless of the outcome, if you get three complaints in a year, you’re supposed to be on performance monitoring. He got three in the course of two months in 2012.”

According to The Hill, the Justice Department will continue to investigate the Garner case. Pantaleo was put on desk duty without a firearm and received a 14 percent raise in 2016.

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