Officer who put Eric Garner in fatal chokehold would like his old job back

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'I Can't Breathe' - Eric Garner: One Year Later

(NYMag) -- Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Eric Garner, the 43-year-old Staten Island man who died during an attempted arrest for selling loose cigarettes. In December a grand jury voted not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who put Garner in a fatal chokehold, but for all those involved, the case is still far from settled. According to the AP, the Justice Department is still considering whether to bring civil rights charges against Pantaleo, and federal investigators reinterviewed witnesses in recent weeks. The NYPD's Internal Affairs investigation, which could result in the eight-year veteran losing his job, is on hold pending the results of the federal case.

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23: The casket carrying Eric Garner is brought out after his funeral outside the Bethel Baptist Church on July 23, 2014 in New York City. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a recent news conference that there will be a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Garner. The 400-pound, 6-foot-4 asthmatic, Garner (43) died after police put him in a chokehold outside of a convenience store for illegally selling cigarettes on July 17th. Garner's death has set off a wave of protests in the city and is being viewed as a test for de Blasio and his more liberal approach to policing New York's streets. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a promotion ceremony for New York Police Department officers on December 19, 2014 in New York City. The promotions come on the heels of weeks of protests in New York over the decision of a Staten Island, New York grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - JULY 23: People and relatives of Eric Garner, died on a city street after NYPD cops put him in a banned chokehold, attend the funeral ceremony at Bethel Baptist Church in New York's Brooklyn, United States on July 23, 2014. Human rights committees and Afro-American people react to the event as others want peace during the funeral. Garner, 43, died on July 17 as cops tried to cuff him for allegedly selling bootleg cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23: Fiends of Eric protest after his funeral outside the Bethel Baptist Church on July 23, 2014 in New York City. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a recent news conference that there will be a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Garner. The 400-pound, 6-foot-4 asthmatic, Garner (43) died after police put him in a chokehold outside of a convenience store for illegally selling cigarettes on July 17th. Garner's death has set off a wave of protests in the city and is being viewed as a test for de Blasio and his more liberal approach to policing New York's streets. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23: The casket containing the body of Eric Garner is moved from Bethel Baptist Church during his funeral service on July 23, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Garner, 43, died after police put him in a chokehold outside of a convenience store on Staten Island for illegally selling cigarettes. (Photo by James Keivom-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23: A child holds up a sign outside of the Bethel Baptist Church before the funeral for Eric Garner on July 23, 2014 in New York City. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a recent news conference that there will be a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Garner. The 400-pound, 6-foot-4 asthmatic, Garner (43) died after police put him in a chokehold outside of a convenience store for illegally selling cigarettes on July 17th. Garner's death has set off a wave of protests in the city and is being viewed as a test for de Blasio and his more liberal approach to policing New York's streets. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23: Mourners pay their respects at the funeral service for Eric Garner held at Bethel Baptist Church on July 23, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Garner, 43, died after police put him in a chokehold outside of a convenience store on Staten Island for illegally selling cigarettes. (Photo by Julia Xanthos-POOL/Getty Images)
People gather outside the funeral service for Eric Garner at the Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn July 23, 2014. Eric Garner, 43, died last week as police tried to cuff him for allegedly selling bootleg cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: A memorial of Michael Brown, 18, next to the one of Eric Garner, is viewed outside of filmmaker's Spike Lee's 40 Acres offices on August 15, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Both men were recently killed by police officers in situations that remain murky and which have set off protests and demonstrations around the country. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Pantaleo is currently on desk duty, and due to the many death threats he's received, police guard his Staten Island home 24/7. Yet, his attorney Stuart London told the Daily News on Saturday that he's eager to be back on the street. "The unbelievable part is this has not soured him one bit on doing law enforcement," London said. "It hasn't diminished his desire to help the citizens of this city."

Ramsey Orta, who shot the video that brought national attention to Garner's death, says he wishes he wouldn't have made his name public, but he has no regrets about releasing the footage. "It shined some light on stuff that was happening," he told the Daily News. "It was a good thing. Now people are opening their eyes to what's going on with some officers." He added that he supports Garner's family and hopes they will keep pushing for federal charges. "I just hope they do what they have to do to get past this," Orta said. "But I don't want them to give up on the case. I don't think they will."

Gwen Carr, Garner's mother, said the family is still struggling and she wants to "see all of those officers stand trial and stand accountable for their gross misconduct." She recently retired from her job as a train conductor, and told NY1 she's been traveling across the country to support the "Black Lives Matter" movement, which her son's death helped spur. "I'm learning about things that I've never known about before," Carr said. "So I'm doing this for myself as well as other families. There are some families that didn't get high profile like my son's case did and they're in just as much pain and agony as I am."

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