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Family of chokehold victim Eric Garner speaks out

The family of Eric Garner speaks out after the decision not to bring civil rights charges in the death of Eric Garner. WASHINGTON – The Justice Department will not bring federal charges against a New York City police officer over the death of Eric Garner during a chaotic arrest that ignited nationwide protests five years ago. The decision, described by federal officials familiar with the matter who were not authorized to comment publicly, marks the end of a civil rights probe into an episode that helped turn a national spotlight on how police officers use force against minorities. Authorities spent years investigating Garner's death in an examination that proved contentious both inside and outside of the Justice Department. Attorneys in the department's Civil Rights Division long advocated bringing a criminal charge, while prosecutors in Brooklyn recommended against it. » Subscribe to USA TODAY: » Watch more on this and other topics from USA TODAY: » USA TODAY delivers current local and national news, sports, entertainment, finance, technology, and more through award-winning journalism, photos, videos and VR.
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