People take part during a protest in support of Eric Garner in Manhattan on December 3, 2014 in New York City. Kena Betancur/Getty Images/AFP
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Protests erupted in New York and other U.S. cities after a white police officer was cleared in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man – a case that drew comparisons to the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.Officer Daniel Pantaleo responded by wrapping his arm around Garner's neck in what appeared to be a chokehold, which is banned under the New York Police Department's policy.The medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide and found that a chokehold contributed to it. A forensic pathologist hired by Garner's family agreed with those findings, saying there was hemorrhaging on Garner's neck indicative of neck compressions.The decision Wednesday by the grand jury in the city's Staten Island district not to indict Pantaleo prompted emotional protests around New York and in other U.S. cities.In order to find Pantaleo criminally negligent, the grand jury would have had to determine he knew there was a "substantial risk" that Garner would have died. Pataleo's lawyer and union officials argued that the grand jury got it right, saying he used an authorized takedown move – not a banned chokehold – and that Garner's poor health was the main cause of his death.
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