STATEN ISLAND (PIX11) – Rep. Peter King weighed in on the decision not to indict an NYPD officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, thanking the Staten Island grand jury on Twitter hours after the decision.
King’s tweet, unsurprisingly, was met with outrage and furious replies:
Garner died after police placed him in a chokehold after stopping him on July 17th on suspicion that the Staten Island father was selling untaxed cigarettes.
Despite the medical examiner’s autopsy ruling his death a homicide, the 23-person jury chose not to indict the officer who placed him in a chokehold, officer Daniel Pantaleo. In order for Pantaleo to face charges, at least 12 of the jurors would have had to vote for an indictment.
Details of the grand jury weren’t released in accordance with New York, according to District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who says he filed a request that would authorize him to do so.