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U.S. Justice Department launching civil rights investigation in Eric Garner case

Thursday, December 04, 2014 - 01:23

Attorney General Eric Holder also urged demonstrators protesting the grand jury's decision in Garner's death to remain peaceful. Rough Cut. (No reporter narration)

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**CBS - DIGITAL USE ONLY, NO BROADCAST USE WORLDWIDE, NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA BROADCASTER WEBSITES. NO ACCESS JAPAN. NO ACCESS ABC AMERICA, FOX, UNIVISION, TELEMUNDO, BBC AMERICA, NBC, OR THEIR DIGITAL/MOBILE PLATFORMS.*~ ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A New York City grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer who killed an unarmed black man with a chokehold sparked outrage and protests on Wednesday (December 3), and the U.S. Justice Department said it would investigate the incident. Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, was illegally selling cigarettes on July 17 when police officers tackled him and put him in a chokehold. Police said he had been resisting arrest. The city's medical examiner ruled the death a homicide. The deadly encounter on Staten Island, New York City's smallest borough, was captured on video, which quickly spread over the Internet and fueled debate about how U.S. police use force, particularly against minorities. Last week, a grand jury in Missouri decided not to indict a white police officer in another racially charged killing of a black man. The decision in that case sparked a spasm of violence in Ferguson, Missouri, with businesses burned and looted. The Justice Department is investigating whether Brown's civil rights were violated through excessive force. Holder also urged demonstrators protesting the grand jury decision in Garner's death to remain peaceful.

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U.S. Justice Department launching civil rights investigation in Eric Garner case

Thursday, December 04, 2014 - 01:23