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Of course Daniel Pantaleo, the murderer of Eric Garner, got off scot-free. Of course he did. That’s because cops are allowed to kill black people with impunity.

On Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced that it will not file charges against Daniel Pantaleo, the white NYPD officer accused of using a chokehold on Eric Garner, an unarmed black man allegedly selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island in 2014. The announcement has angered activists and Garner’s family, calling new attention to a case that served as a catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Department of Justice had been conducting a civil rights investigation into Garner’s death for years, but a statute of limitations on the case meant that the agency had until Wednesday — the fifth anniversary of Garner’s death — to announce what charges Pantaleo would face.

The DOJ argued that ultimately, there was “insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt” that Pantaleo intentionally harmed Garner during a 2014 arrest. Pantaleo has been accused of using an NYPD-prohibited chokehold to restrain Garner, and the unarmed man’s cries of “I can’t breathe” were viewed by millions after a video of the arrest went viral in July 2014.

“When we evaluated Officer Pantaleo’s actions in light of his training and experience, Mr. Garner’s size and weight and actions to resist arrest in the duration and escalating nature of the interaction, we determined that there was insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Pantaleo acted in willful violation of federal law,” Richard Donoghue, the US attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said during a press conference Tuesday.

Why, I’m surprised that Respectable Republican Bill Barr doesn’t bring Pantaleo into the FBI! But hey, at least Bill de Blasio continues to be a profile in courage!

But it’s not as if we can’t do anything. We can make the lives of Pantaleo miserable, as they great activists are doing.

“He needs to be scared everywhere that he go! We will find you Pantaleo!” Protesters are outside killer cop Daniel Pantaleo’s home in Staten Island in the pouring rain demanding justice for #EricGarner. NYPD has cops out here protecting Pantaleo. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/x9C87Zi3vV— Ash J (@AshAgony) July 18, 2019

More of this. Much more.

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