NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. attorney for eastern New York says an exhaustive investigation has found there is “insufficient evidence” to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the officer who arrested Eric Garner violated his civil rights.
U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue announced Tuesday that the government’s investigation into Garner’s 2014 death “has been closed.”
Prosecutors told Garner’s family about the decision earlier Tuesday.
The Rev. Al Sharpton calls it “a moral disgrace” and “judicial malpractice.”
Officers were attempting to arrest Garner in 2014 on charges he sold loose, untaxed cigarettes outside a convenience store. Garner refused to be handcuffed, and officers took him down.
A medical examiner found a chokehold contributed to his death.