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‘I Can’t Breathe’: No Federal Charges For NYPD Officer After Eric Garner’s Death

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The Justice Department said Tuesday it will not levy charges against the New York City police officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner whose last words — “I can’t breathe” — became a rallying call for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Police confronted 43-year-old Garner — a black man ⁠— in July 2014 when he was alleged to have sold cigarettes individually — a crime in the New York City area. Garner died while officers attempted to place him under arrest in what became a viral video, throttling anti-cop sentiment in the country, USA Today reported.

Daniel Pantaleo is the officer credited with an alleged chokehold that may have possibly led to Garner’s death. A Staten Island grand jury declined to indict him in December 2014, The Associated Press reported.

Obama-era U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder commenced a civil rights investigation on the same day of the jury verdict. The investigation did not yield a conviction in its five-year span.

New York, NY USA - December 13, 2014: Protesters march against police brutality and grand jury decision on Eric Garner case on Broadway and 32nd street (Shutterstock)

Protesters march against police brutality and a grand jury decision on Eric Garner case on Broadway and 32nd Street in New York in 2014. (Shutterstock)

Rallies headed by Black Lives Matter and other groups protested a perceived injustice after Garner passed, spouting anti-cop rhetoric. (RELATED: ‘F*ck Pigs!’ New Yorkers Take To The Streets Three Years After Eric Garner’s Death)

Two New York City Police Department officers were gunned down in their patrol car in December 2014 ⁠— the gunman echoing sentiments of revenge for Garner’s death.

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