Arguments to be heard this month about release of Eric Garner grand jury evidence

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- A judge will hear arguments this month about whether to release evidence used by a Staten Island grand jury to make its decision to not indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island father whose in-custody chokehold death sparked weeks of protest in New York City and across the city demanding changes to the way officers treat suspects.

Arguments will be heard on Jan. 29, a judge ruled Monday.

A judge will decide whether to release documents mulled by a grand jury that ultimately chose not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death at age 43.

The July 17 encounter between Pantaleo and Garner ultimately led to Garner’s death, which was ruled a homicide by the Medical Examiner.

The grand jury’s proceedings have not been released, including the Medical Examiner’s full report on Garner’s death, witness testimony, and what orders Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan gave the jury to consider.

Garner’s family sued to have those records made public, and have repeatedly said they want transparency in the process, a sentiment echoed by many supporters.

Demonstrators, public advocate Leticia James and the Legal Aide Society were among the supporters who joined Garner’s family on the steps of the courthouse Monday.