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December 4th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

Outrage, vows for action after decision for no charges in Eric Garner's death

(CNN) - Another unarmed black man dies after a confrontation with a white police officer. Another grand jury weighs the evidence, then decides not to indict the officer. Another round of protesters hit the streets, believing that a man, a family, was deprived of justice because of the color of a man's skin.

This isn't Ferguson, Missouri. It's New York City.

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December 4th, 2014
05:46 PM ET

Homeland Security chief: Obama's immigration reform is 'simple commonsense'

(CNN) – Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson defends President Obama's immigration order in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

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December 4th, 2014
05:42 PM ET

Head of Homeland Security reacts to chokehold case

(CNN) – Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson is urging people protesting the grand jury decision not to indict a New York police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner to stay peaceful.

"If you want change to come about as a result of an event like this, engage the political process in a positive way, in a positive, nonviolent way to bring about political change, which can also bring about change in how the criminal justice system in a particular jurisdiction is conducted," Johnson said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

President Barack Obama is pushing for body cameras for police officers, but Garner's mother said that would be a waste of money, saying video of the deadly incident between Garner and Pantaleo did not make a difference to the grand jury.

"It can be a good practice in certain circumstances," said Johnson. "I'd want to be mindful of whether it's practical in every single instance for a law enforcement officer."

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December 4th, 2014
05:26 PM ET

Homeland Security chief: No carry-on bag ban 'at this time'

Washington (CNN) - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says airport security officials are not considering a ban on carry-on luggage "at this time."

In an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN's "The Lead," Johnson was asked about a National Public Radio report that counter-terrorism officials are considering implementing a Transportation Security Administration ban on carry-on bags at airports.

The report cited concerns that al Qaeda could be planning attacks on major airlines in Europe before the Christmas holiday. Johnson said the department continues to focus on security, particularly at airports overseas, so as not to burden the traveling public.

"I think people should continue to [travel] and have a happy and safe holiday but we continue to be vigilant and continue to evaluate whether more is necessary, based on the latest threat streams," Johnson said.

Tapper followed up: "But no ban on carry-on luggage yet, but you're considering everything?"

Johnson responded: "Not at this time."

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December 4th, 2014
05:18 PM ET

NYPD ramps up internal probe of Officer Palanteo

(CNN) – The new York Police Department says it is ramping up its inquiry into Officer Daniel Pantaleo. A grand jury decided Wednesday not to indict Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

The NYPD's investigation was on hold while the grand jury process unfolded. Internal affairs now plans to interview additional officers, and could weigh a departmental trial to determine if Pantaleo broke department rules.
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