Justice Department to charge officer in death of Eric Garner

Following a shakeup in the federal case for the death of Eric Garner, the Justice Department is reportedly actively seeking to charge Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who put Garner in the fatal chokehold.

On Tuesday, a source in law enforcement said that, with the ouster of New York-based FBI agents and prosecutors, who were replaced with Washington-based counterparts, an indictment was highly likely. "It's going to happen sooner than later," the source said. "Washington wants to indict him."

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I am stunned by the failure to indict Eric Garner's killer.
I have no words left... just angry tears thru gritted teeth. #RIPEricGarner #RIPHumanity #RIPCompassion May the Lord have mercy...
Somebody's Eyes Are Lying.BLACK LIVES MATTER. WE NEED THE FEDS FOR JUSTICE. These Grand Juries In Ferguson And Staten Island And Blind In My Opinion.
Bodycams on police officers. Snuff films made legal. How about showing what justice looks like? #GarnerRiceBrown
"I. CAN'T. BREATHE." God Damn.
Deep Hurt. We're Men. Human. We feel pain. There will be one collective cry added to these tears.Then the birth of a New Anger. #EricGarner
We held on to hope, and hope was denied. #justiceforEricGarner
Small crowd at spot where #EricGarner died. One protestor -- "This justice system died right along with #EricGarner http://t.co/p86l7FKq4b
Dear United States, it's spirit numbing, shameful, and sickly redundant. #EricGarner
Gillibrand on Garner: "I’m shocked by this grand jury decision, and will be calling on the Department of Justice to investigate.”
Homicide: deliberate & unlawful killing of one person by another. Explain #EricGarner please. http://t.co/ZR1X3FDlr4 http://t.co/p3NoHAd5f6
I just found out about #EricGarner....I am in disbelief. #nojustice #thisisnotok
Make sure you do something to let YOUR government know how you feel when something is unjust., not JUST your followers on twitter...
so america is basically saying: it's ok to kill big, tall black dudes if they do anything except play sports...#ericgarner
Eric Garner's last words. http://t.co/5lbqIEm63t
How do "crazy" cops keep getting away with this?!? He murdered that man. Stop the madness. #EricGarner #ICantBreathe
HE said I can't breathe 11 TIMES!!! 11 times ! Over some cigarettes !!!! Some cigarettes!!!!! If your not from New York and you may not have seen the video of this tragedy. Please go REVOTtv,com I just posted it. YOU have to see it to understand the level of blatant and justice this is!!!! #IcantBREATHE #EricGarner Pls spread the word so people can see it!!!!!!!
u want to disprove the claims of ppl talking abt an unjust & racist system today but u would have listened during Apartheid, Jim Crow, etc??
I wouldn't feel right posting anything else before saying my heart hurts today.
Fruitvale Station..all to familiar
How is this America? #ICantBreathe
I'd just like to know what a cop WOULD have to do to get indicted - and what good are cop cameras since Eric Garner IS on tape?
SMDH....God the world is crying for your help. This really makes me sad. All I can do is pray & I plan on doing ... http://t.co/hWGE9vJal4
This one was on film. http://t.co/Zm7DKL09ok
I'm ashamed. Mostly because I'm no longer shocked at things now-a-days. Nothing is shocking. #EricGarner
RIP Eric Garner and condolences to his family. We must start holding the police accountable for their actions. It's challenging to imagine how this could happen and be excused.
Non-white human beings are human beings. Human beings you don't happen to like, are human beings. Human beings incidentally, have rights.
#ericgarner #icantbreathe #enoughisenough #wethepeople ARE FED UP http://t.co/SY6HtNP9He
How can a man accused of selling loose cigarettes be killed with a banned chokehold with no consequences? I can't make it make sense.
An individual or institution can't kill Eric Garner in that fashion & not be held accountable. #ChokedWhilePoor New America's not having it.
Somebody's Eyes Are http://t.co/jhqFHBMPtJ LIVES MATTER. WE NEED THE FEDS FOR JUSTICE. These Grand Juries In… http://t.co/ZVPO3fhyUx
#BlackLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatter
We're either shocked or we're shocked that we're not shocked #EricGarner #ICantBreathe
Just landed and heard the news. #ICantBreathe
I dare someone to say #EricGarner deserved to die & the police were just doing their job. I DARE THEM. I DOUBLE DOG DARE THEM. #ICantBreathe
“@brownmantshirts: I guess a video of a cop choking a man to death isn't enough evidence to prove a cop choked a man to death. #EricGarner”
How can you NOT indict a policeman for choking to death an unarmed man who screams 'I can't breathe' 8 times? #EricGarner

The New York federal agents are reportedly furious, claiming that their Washington replacements are trying to "make an example out of Pantaleo."

"We already ... came to a conclusion which they didn't like. It's truly disgraceful what they're doing," the source said in response to the outcry from the New York-based agents.

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