A Staten Island grand jury on Wednesday cleared a New York Police Department officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner (pictured right), the unarmed Black man whose untimely demise was captured on video, igniting outrage across the country, the New York Post reports.
The panel voted a “no-bill” and dismissed all potential charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo,sources told the Post. It was unclear exactly what charges prosecutors asked the grand jury to consider filing, or how the vote went, the report says.
The Rev. Al Sharpton released a statement shortly after word leaked about the Staten Island grand jury decision, saying that he and Garner’s widow, Esaw, planned to respond to the decision at a 7:30 p.m. news conference at his Harlem-based National Action Network headquarters.
Moments after word spread about the decision, Pantaleo tweeted an apology.
The decision comes almost a week after angry protests flared up after a grand jury cleared WhiteFerguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown.