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NYPD Officer Pantaleo Responds to His Non-Indictment in Eric Garner Chokehold Case

NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo has reacted to the news that a Staten Island grand jury chose not to indict him for the infamous chokehold death of Eric Garner.

His statement below:

I became a police officer to help people and to protect those who can’t protect themselves. 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.

Patrick Lynch, the president of Pantaleo’s union, the Patrolmen Benevolent Association, added his own statement:

While we are pleased with the Grand Jury’s decision, there are no winners here today. There was a loss of life that both a family and a police officer will always have to live with. It is clear that the officer’s intention was to do nothing more than take Mr. Garner into custody as instructed and that he used the take down technique that he learned in the academy when Mr. Garner refused. No police officer starts a shift intending to take another human being’s life and we are all saddened by this tragedy.

[h/t BuzzFeed]

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