Transcript for No Charges for NYC Officer Pantaleo in Eric Garner Death
Let's get right to the explosive grand jury decision. No indictment for a New York City police officer in the death of Eric garner from a chokehold. Protests all over the country last night. People, many of them want to hear -- have their voices heard. And ABC's Ron Claiborne joins us now with the latest. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning. This is the site of the violent confrontation last July that ended in the death of Eric garner. Many people both stunned and angry about that grand jury decision. Overnight, hundreds of people pouring into New York's times square to protest the grand jury's stunning decision. In grand central terminal, hundreds more laying down on the floor in what they called a die in. Others laying down on a New York City highway. Police officers arresting dozens. Protests growing nationwide from Oakland, California, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Overnight, the family of Eric garner expressing their grief. How could we put our trust in the justice system when they fail us like this? Reporter: It was back on July 17th that police tried to arrest garner for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. At dramatic confrontation video D by bystanders. First resisting the attempt to arrest him. Then officers grabbing on to the 300-plus pound suspect. Officer panaleo seen with his arm around the man's throat and wrestling him to the ground. I can't breathe. Reporter: Garner, a father of six, pronounced dead just minutes later. The coroner said the death was from compression of the neck and chest. The U.S. Justice department is looking into civil rights violences against the officer. And bill Delaware blaze owe urged peace and talked about his biracial son. We have had to teach him how to take special care with any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him. Reporter: Officer Pantaleo, of course, will face possible federal charges that I mention. And also a civil suit and a departmental investigation by the NYPD that could end up, George, costing him his job. But no criminal charges here. That's from the grand jury. Talk about it with Dan Abrams. A lot of people look at the video tape, how could they not indict? They weren't able to get 12 of the 23 grand jurors to say there was probable cause to indict. Chokeholds are not allowed by the NYPD. How could there not be an indictment? As a legal matter, just because it's not permitted by the NYPD doesn't necessarily make it a crime. You heard Ron talking about that. The NYPD is going to do their own investigation here. But having that video tape and watching it, there was a stronger case for an indictment here than in Ferguson. There you had conflicting testimony about what happened. Here you had the video tape of what happened. And as a result you're seeing a lot of outrage. Dan your Y, you bring up the Ferguson case. People are talking about the differences. No video there, there was video here. And all the talk about putting body cameras on police officers, people in social media are saying what difference is that going to make? This is case by case. But don't give up on the video cameras. They're really important. I think it's a great thing that police officers in New York City and I'm sure increasingly around the country are going to be using these body cameras. We want to be able to see exactly what is happen. It is better for us as citizens. I think it is better for the police. Both sides. To be able to have that video evidence so we can now have the conversation about what happened in the garner case and be able to see exactly what happened as opposed to what happened in Ferguson where there's a whole dispute about exactly what occurred there. Talk about what's next. Eric holder saying there's a federal selcivil rights investigation. Nothing is going to happen from that. The standard is higher for a federal case than state. But there will be a civil lawsuit. And potentially a very strong one. And hard to believe that the officer is going to return to the force? Hard to believe because it seems clear he violated at the very least NYPD procedure. Dan Abrams, thanks very much.
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