Eric Garner’s family to hold rally calling federal grand jury to prosecute cop

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BROOKLYN – Eric Garner's family is leading a rally calling for a federal grand jury to prosecute officer Daniel Pantaleo, the man who put their loved one in a chokehold.

Their demonstration at the steps of the U.S. District Court in Downtown Brooklyn Wednesday morning will come a day after the family received $1 million from the Richmond University Medical Center, whose paramedics failed to treat Garner with CPR.

The settlement is not a victory in their eyes. They say the money doesn't change their grief or the struggle for justice.

Garner died in 2014 after being put in a chokehold by police, all while repeatedly shouting "I can't breathe." When paramedics arrived at the scene, they did not try to resuscitate Garner, as they believed he was still breathing.

Court documents say the EMT's "failed to provide him with necessary life-saving procedures."

The settlement wasn't part of the $5.9 million agreement announced by the city in July.

No criminal charges have been filed in Garner's death, which helped galvanize a national movement on police treatment of minorities.

But a federal probe continues, and officers have been called before a federal grand jury in Brooklyn.

Pantaleo has been named in several lawsuits, ranging from pending action by the Garner family to other cases.

Panteleo, who put his arm around Garner's neck, has said he was using a legal takedown maneuver, not a chokehold which is prohibited under police policy.