NEW YORK (RNN/CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder said the Department of Justice will investigate the death of Eric Garner.
The announcement came hours after a grand jury decided a New York City police officer will not face criminal charges in the alleged chokehold death of Staten Island man in July.
Daniel Pantaleo, the officer at the center of the case testified before the grand jury for two hours last week. Deliberation ended Wednesday with all charges dismissed.
The grand jury issued a no true bill, meaning it deemed the evidence presented was not sufficient enough to warrant charging the defendant with a crime.
Pantaleo released a statement through the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, his police union.
"I became a police officer to help people and to protect those who can't protect themselves," the statement read. "It is never my intention to harm anyone and I feel very bad about the death of Mr. Garner. My family and I include him and his family in our prayers and I hope that they will accept my personal condolences for their loss."
In a news conference Wednesday, Esaw Garner, Eric Garner's wife, said "He should be here celebrating Christmas and Thanksgiving and everything else with his children. And he can't."
"My husband's death will not be in vain. As long as I have breath in my body, I will fight the fight till the end."
On July 17, Garner was about to be arrested in Staten Island for illegally selling loose cigarettes. But something went horribly wrong, and it was all caught on tape by a bystander.
A cold start today, but pretty uneventful. We're quiet no snow or rain expected. That won't last long though, I'm tracking steady rain starting Friday evening and continuing through Saturday morning. Sunday is the pick day of the weekend, sunny and upper 30's.
Clouds and sun. Chilly. High: 35
: Cloudy. Low: 32
Dry morning. Scattered showers after 2PM. Steady evening rain. High: 45
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - We see gun buybacks for real guns all the time. But what about BB guns or air-soft guns that are made to look like real guns? Community activist Yvonne Pointer literally came from the funeral of Tamir Rice to sit down and tell us about the new toy and fake gun buyback program that she and Rid-All Green Partnership have been working on for the past year.
"Even back then it was to get the guns, the toy guns, out of the hands of children," Pointer told 19 Action News Reporter Dan DeRoos.
The timing of the Tamir Rice case has accelerated the toy or fake gun buyback event to next week. The concept is simple. According to Pointer, you teach your kids not to play with scissors, why is it acceptable to teach them to play with guns?
"These guns today that look so real, we certainly have to say to children, 'This is an unacceptable toy for you to play with,'" explained Pointer.