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Police officer in 'I can't breathe' death won't be charged

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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 1:45 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they won't bring criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — "I can't breathe" — became a rallying cry as the nation confronted a long history of police brutality.

The decision to end a yearslong civil rights investigation was made by Attorney General William Barr and was announced the day before the five-year anniversary of the deadly encounter, just as the statute of limitations was set to expire.

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