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December 5th, 2014
06:06 PM ET

Did EMT workers do enough to save Garner?

(CNN) – Many have seen the video showing New York police Officer Daniel Pantaleo use a chokehold on Eric Garner to wrestle him to the ground, as Garner says repeatedly: "I can't breathe."

Now, there is growing criticism over a second video that shows not only police officers, but EMT officers failing to respond quickly after Garner loses consciousness.

"They are supposed to be administering some level of care. Even unions that represent the EMS workers were saying the same thing, there should have been some level of service being administered to him at that time," said New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
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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 3rd, 2014
06:21 PM ET

Does decision in chokehold case undermine call for police body cams?

(CNN) – A grand jury decided Wednesday not to indict New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Video of the deadly July incident shows Garner raising both hands in the air and telling officers not to touch him. Seconds later, an officer behind Garner grabs him in a chokehold and pulls him to the sidewalk, rolling him onto his stomach.

"I can't breathe! I can't breathe!" Garner said repeatedly, his cries muffled into the pavement.

"Can you imagine if we didn't have this video what their story would be?" said attorney Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for Michael Brown's family. Crump is also working with the Garner family.
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December 3rd, 2014
06:02 PM ET

New York braces for protests in choke hold case

(CNN) – A grand jury in New York on Wednesday decided not to indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the July choke hold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, according to two law enforcement officials.

On the streets of Staten Island, where Garner lived and died, people started gathering at the spot where officers attempted to arrest him and near the prosecutor's officer.

"This is ridiculous," one man said. "This is outrageous."

Staten Island Borough President James Oddo said: "Some folks here on Staten Island - our island, our home - will agree with the results, and many will not. In this matter, the Garner family, the NYPD and the office of the borough president speak with one voice when we say that disagreeing with the conclusion of the grand jury is your absolute right, and so is peacefully protesting the result and advocating for change."

CNN's Alexandra Field reports in the video above.

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