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The Death of Eric Garner

The Death of Eric Garner

Staten Island grand jury clears NYPD officer in chokehold case

Garner Supporters Protest at Barclays as Will and Kate Attend Nets Game

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    Protests against a Staten Island grand jury's decision not to indict an NYPD officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner took place outside of the Barclays Center Monday night, as the Duke and and Duchess of Cambridge attended a Brooklyn Nets game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gus Rosendale reports. (Published Monday, Dec. 8, 2014)

    Protests against a Staten Island grand jury's decision not to indict an NYPD officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner took place inside and outside of the Barclays Center Monday night, as the Duke and and Duchess of Cambridge attended a Brooklyn Nets game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    While a group of protesters staged a "die-in" outside the arena, Cavaliers players' LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, along with multiple Nets players, wore "I Can't Breathe" shirts as they warmed up before the game.

    Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, sat courtside, bringing an added amount of media attention to what would otherwise be a normal regular season game.

    As of late Monday night the NYPD was reporting only one arrest at the protests outside Barclays.

    NYC Council Members Protest Eric Garner Chokehold Death

    [NY] NYC Council Members Protest Eric Garner Chokehold Death
    New York City Council members took to the streets and the council chamber to protest a Staten Island grand jury's decision not to indict an NYPD officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man. News 4's Marc Santia reports.
    (Published Monday, Dec. 8, 2014)

    New York City Council members also took to the streets and the council chamber to protest Monday. About two dozen council members blocked traffic for about five minutes Monday by standing in the middle of Broadway chanting "I can't breathe.''
     
    The legislators, joined by clergy and activists, also staged a "die-in'' on the steps of City Hall.
     
    Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who did not participate in the traffic protest, began a Council meeting by leading the room in reciting "I can't breathe'' eleven times.
     
    The Speaker also wore a "black lives matter'' T-shirt like many of her colleagues, and held a moment of silence for Garner.

    Monday's protests marked the sixth-straight day of protests in the wake of the grand jury's decision not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner's death. Pantaleo was seen on widely watched amateur video wrapping his arm around Garner's neck as the heavyset, asthmatic 43-year-old yelled, "I can't breathe!" nearly a dozen times during the July 17 confrontation.

    Pantaleo said in a statement Wednesday that he became a police officer to help people.

    "It is never my intention to harm anyone and I feel very bad about the death of Mr. Garner," he said. "My family and I include him and his family in our prayers and I hope that they will accept my personal condolences for their loss.”

    NBC 4 New York learned Friday that Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan asked grand jurors to consider manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges, and not a lesser charge of reckless endangerment. It's not clear why he left the lesser charge off the table, and he has said strict confidentiality laws surrounding grand jury proceedings prevent him from discussing the details of the case.

    The federal Justice Department has launched a civil rights investigation into Garner's death, and the NYPD is conducting an internal review of the case. Mayor de Blasio said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that the NYPD's review could take up to four months.

    Eric Garner's Widow: He Was "Murdered Unjustly"

    [NY] Eric Garner's Widow: He Was "Murdered Unjustly"
    Demonstrators again took to the streets in Manhattan Sunday in protest of a Staten Island grand jury's decision not to indict an NYPD officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, as protests in California turned violent and professional athletes joined in on growing national outcry over the case. Michael George reports.
    (Published Monday, Dec. 8, 2014)

    The families of Garner and Brown will join civil rights leaders for a rally in Washington on Saturday.

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    -- Michael George contributed to this report. 

    Sharpton runs the National Action Network and is a talk-show host on MSNBC, which is owned by NBCUniversal, the parent company of this site.