Denied the right to a criminal trial after a Grand Jury decided not to pursue any charges in the death of Eric Garner, his family is determined to make their voices heard. Garner, who was killed on July 17 after being placed in a chokehold by Officer Daniel Pantaleo, a move that has been banned by the NYPD since 1993.
Following the decision earlier today, the family voiced their frustration with the verdict and the fact that Pantaleo has not been charged. While at a press conference earlier today, Garner’s wife Esaw Garner was asked whether she had accepted the apology offered by Pantaleo to which she replied, “Hell no. The time for remorse was when my husband was yelling to breathe. No, I don’t accept his apology. No, I could care less about his condolences. He’s still working. He’s still getting a paycheck. He’s still feeding his kids, when my husband is six feet under and I’m looking for a way to feed my kids now.”
She added, “I’m determined to get justice for my husband. My husband’s death will not be in vain. I will fight till the end.”
A federal investigation launched by the Justice Department is now currently underway.