Daniel Pantaleo is the racist police officer who was caught on video using excessive force (an illegal chokehold) against Eric Garner five years ago. Although Pantaleo’s excessive use of force led to Mr Garner’s death, in order to be charged with a felony under New York law one has to be formally indicted by a grand jury, something the Staten Island grand jury in the Eric Garner case unjustly refused to do. Grand jury proceedings are conducted in secret, so we have no way of knowing the real reason why Pantaleo was let off the legal hook. In any case, this analysis begs the question, Why hasn’t Pantaleo faced any federal charges yet?
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