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The Death of Eric Garner

The Death of Eric Garner

Staten Island grand jury clears NYPD officer in chokehold case

Reaction on Twitter to Grand Jury Decision Not to Indict Cop in Eric Garner Death



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    NEW YORK - DECEMBER 3: Demonstrators lie down during a protest in Grand Central Terminal December 3, 2014 in New York. Protests began after a Grand Jury decided to not indict officer Daniel Pantaleo. Eric Garner died after being put in a chokehold by Pantaleo on July 17, 2014. Pantaleo had suspected Garner of selling untaxed cigarettes. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

    Moments after sources told NBC New York that a grand jury has declined to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner, people posted their reactions on social media. 

    Within an hour, Eric Garner's name was the top trending term in Twitter in the U.S. and among the top 10 trending terms worldwide. 

    Chris Rock tweeted "This one was on film" with a link to an image of a widely watched amateur video showing NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo wrapping his arm around Garner's neck as the 43-year-old yelled, "I can't breathe!" 

    Garner had been stopped by police on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

    New York Assemblyman Matthew J. Titone, who represents Staten Island, tweeted: "Right now we must keep Mr Garners family in our hearts & prayers and to remember their calls for calm & peace."

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