The NYPD officer who placed an unarmed Eric Garner in a chokehold that contributed to his death in July was formally interviewed by Internal Affairs bureau investigators Monday.
Officer Daniel Pantaleo avoided charges earlier this month when a Staten Island grand jury elected not to indict him in the 43-year-old’s death. Shortly after the announcement came down, the NYPD launched an internal investigation into the incident.
During the two-hour interview, the 29-year-old officer “pretty much told the same story” to investigators as he did the grand jury, according to a law enforcement official.
It could take weeks before investigators gather all facts and evidence to determine if a trial will be held, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton previously said. The Department of Justice is also conducting an investigation to determine if Garner’s civil rights were violated.
Garner’s family has since filed a wrongful death lawsuit against New York City.