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December 3, 2014

#ICantBreathe: Jury's decision in Eric Garner death causes outrage online

White New York police officer who killed unarmed black man will not face trial.
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Two women hug near the site of Eric Garner's death after it was announced that the officer that killed him is not being indicted in the borough of Staten Island in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. (AP/Seth Wenig)

A New York police officer will not face criminal charges for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man.

On Wednesday, a grand jury chose not to indict white officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was seen on video using a banned chokehold on Garner, during a struggle between Garner and several officers. In a video of the incident, Garner can be heard saying "I can't breathe" multiple times to the officers.

Garner was suspected of selling illegal cigarettes. His death in July became a point of protest over police killings of unarmed African Americans across the US.

After news broke of the jury's decision not to indict Pantaleo, Twitter users responded with the hashtag #ICantBreathe:

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