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December 3rd, 2014
05:19 PM ET

Fmr. NYPD officer defends decision in Eric Garner case

(CNN) – A New York grand jury decided Wednesday not to indict a police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choke hold death of Eric Garner.

The July incident was caught on videotape and spread via social media, causing widespread outrage.

While police chokeholds are not illegal, they were banned by the New York City Police Department back in 1993.

At the time, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said: "Choke holds, which are potentially lethal and unnecessary, will not be routinely used."

The exception being when an officer's life was in danger, and there were no safer options.

Private investigator and former New York City police officer Bill Stanton defends the grand jury decision.

"What I saw was officers trying to subdue a person, who was given lawful orders, who did not obey those orders," said Stanton.

Watch our interview with former New York City police officer Bill Stanton in the video above.

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