A Staten Island grand jury has elected not to indict a white police officer in the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died after being placed in a chokehold during a scuffle with police in New York earlier this year, according to reports.
Criminal charges were not brought to Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who used the chokehold.
The decision comes just over a week week after a grand jury in Ferguson, MO, likewise declined to bring charges against a white officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen.
The incidents have not been without repercussions in the Garden State. On Monday, one leading member of the legislature’s black caucus said lawmakers need to “wake up” after protests surrounding the Ferguson verdict rippled across the country. Yesterday, another state senator introduced legislation to require all law enforcement agencies in New Jersey to establish minority recruitment programs in an effort to “ensure that police departments more closely reflect the communities they serve,” while an assemblyman sponsored a bill earlier this year that would require independent investigators to be brought in during incidents where an individual has died as a direct result of an act or omission by a police officer.