[[” Baltimore police completed a criminal investigation into the death of Freddie Gray and delivered it to a prosecutor a day earlier than promised Thursday.]
The decision by the Staten Island grand jury not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleone heightened tensions that have simmered in the city since the July 17 death of Eric Garner. In the neighborhood where Garner died, people reacted with angry disbelief and chanted, I cant breathe! and Hands up – dont choke
In his first public comments on the death, Pantaleos said he prays for Garners family and hopes they accept his condolences.
NEW YORK AP-A white New York City police officers was cleared Wednesday in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes – a case that sparked outrage and drew comparisons to the deadly police shooting in Ferguson,Missouri
I became a police officer to help people and to protects those who cant protect themselves, he said in the written statement. It is never my intention to harm anyone and I feel very bad about the death of Mr. Garner.
Police union officials and Pantaleo lawyer argued that the officer used a takedown move taught by the police department, not a banned maneuver, because Garner was resisting arrest. They said his poor health was the main reason he died.
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