On Thursday morning a New York judge granted Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan‘s request to release “certain limited information” about the grand jury that chose not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner. The details contained within are scant and largely amount to a defense of the grand jury process.
The only concrete information released can be summarized in one sentence: The jury sat for nine weeks; heard from 50 witnesses (22 civilian; 28 police and medical); and saw 60 pieces of evidence, including 4 videos, photographs from the scene, autopsy reports, medical and police records. That passage below:
The jurors were briefed on Penal Law §35.30 regarding a police officer’s use of force in making an arrest, which we’ve inserted below for your reading pleasure:
The document also reveals that the DA did not petition for the release of grand jury transcripts or exhibits, which would be the information most people are eager to see.
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