(NEW YORK) — The Staten Island, New York District Attorney has opted to convene a Grand Jury to determine whether or not charges will be filed against the police officer who allegedly choked a man last month, leading to his death.
District Attorney Daniel Donovan assured the public that he is, “committed to conducting a fair, thorough, and responsible investigation” into the death of Eric Garner on July 17. The incident provoked outrage last month after a witness filmed NYPD cops placing Eric Garner in what appeared to be a chokehold while arresting Garner for selling cigarettes illegally. Garner, who was 6-foot-3 and 350 pounds, could be heard yelling that he could not breathe.
Earlier this month, the New York City Medical Examiner determined that the cause of Garner’s death was, “compression of neck (choke hold), compression of chest, and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.”
According to a statement from Donovan released on Tuesday, a Grand Jury will be convened and evidence will be presented beginning in September.
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