Last month's "chokehold" death of Eric Garner will go in front of a Grand Jury, Richmond District Attorney, Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. said in a statement Tuesday.
Donovan said after conducting an investigation into the circumstances of Garner's death as well as reviewing the August 1 report by the Medical Examiner, his office has determined there was enough evidence to present the case to a Grand Jury.
I have determined that it is appropriate to present evidence regarding the circumstances of his death to a Richmond County Grand Jury."
The Medical Examiner's report confirmed that a police chokehold used during the arrest caused "compression of the neck and chest," resulting in a "homicide."
Once they hear the District Attorney's findings, the jury will decide whether to indict Daniel Pantaleo, or any of the other police officers involved in the arrest.
Yesterday New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told The New York Observer he believes Donovan can handle the case despite calls for a federal prosecutor.
You can read the full statement from the Richmond County DA's Office below.
Based upon the investigation that my office has conducted to date regarding the July 17, 2014, death of Eric Garner, and after a careful review of the recent findings of the Medical Examiner regarding the cause and manner of Mr. Garner's death, I have determined that it is appropriate to present evidence regarding the circumstances of his death to a Richmond County Grand Jury. Yesterday, the Court granted my application for the impaneling of an additional Grand Jury and I intend to utilize that Grand Jury sometime next month to begin presenting evidence on this matter.
Mindful of the solemn oath to enforce the law that I took when I was first sworn into office as District Attorney in January of 2004, and with a full appreciation that no person is above the law, nor beneath its protection, I assure the public that I am committed to conducting a fair, thorough, and responsible investigation into Mr. Garner's death, and that I will go wherever the evidence takes me, without fear or favor.
Notwithstanding the keen public interest in this matter, to maintain the integrity of this investigation, and in furtherance of my obligations under Penal Law §215.70 to maintain the secrecy of Grand Jury proceedings, I will make no comment now, or during the period of time that the Grand Jury is convened, regarding the days that the Grand Jury will be sitting; who may be called as a witness before the Grand Jury; what any witness has or will testify about before the Grand Jury; when the Grand Jury will conclude its investigation; what criminal charges will be considered by the Grand Jury, or against whom the Grand Jury might consider any such criminal charges.”