Ocasio-Cortez calls decision not to charge NYPD officer in Eric Garner's death 'injustice'

Ocasio-Cortez calls decision not to charge NYPD officer in Eric Garner's death 'injustice'
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New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez rips 'public charge' decision: 'The American Dream isn't a private club with a cover charge' Democrat questions new border chief's involvement in Facebook group with racist, sexist posts The DCCC's 'blacklist' protects a white male political status quo MORE (D) on Tuesday blasted federal prosecutors' decision not to charge a New York City police offer for killing Eric Garner in 2014, calling it an "injustice."

"This decision is an injustice. It is further proof we have a criminal justice system that grants some families justice, yet denies it to others," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

"My heart breaks for @RealGwenCarr, Eric’s mother. Let us follow her words & example, and work for a system where #BlackLivesMatter."

Democrats, including 2020 hopefuls Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP Iowa senator suggests Trump impeachment defense could hurt Biden at caucuses On The Money: Stocks close with steep losses driven by coronavirus fears | Tax season could bring more refund confusion | Trump's new wins for farmers may not undo trade damage Sanders launches first TV ads in Nevada MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Harris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' Panel: Is Kamala Harris a hypocrite for mulling a Joe Biden endorsement? MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenate Dems to Pompeo: Comments about NPR reporter 'insulting and contemptuous' Black caucus in Nevada: 'Notion that Biden has all of black vote is not true' The Hill's 12:30 Report: House managers to begin opening arguments on day two MORE (D-N.J.), have also slammed prosectors' decision not to charge Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the case.


The officer was seen in video putting his arms around the neck of Garner, an unarmed black man, in an apparent headlock on July 17, 2014, while attempting to arrest him for selling untaxed cigarettes.

Garner was heard saying "I can't breathe" before he died, words that became a rallying cry for protests across the country demanding a change in use-of-force policies for police officers.

Pantaleo had denied the maneuver was a chokehold, which is prohibited under NYPD policy. 

The medical examiner had ruled that Garner's death was a homicide and later testified that the officer caused Gardner to have an asthma attack and that the apparent headlock was "part of the lethal cascade of events."

The New York Times reported Tuesday that the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, Richard Donoghue, said the evidence doesn't support charging Pantaleo with a federal civil rights violation. 

CNN later reported that Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report DOJ says surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Page lacked evidence Senators press DHS over visa approval for Pensacola naval base shooter MORE sided with prosecutors in New York over the Civil Rights Division in Washington amid concerns over whether prosecutors would be able to prove that Pantaleo acted willfully.

Garner was one of several unarmed black men whose deaths at the hands of police have energized the Black Lives matter movement and given rise to calls for police reforms.