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Not Again! Cop cleared in chokehold death of Eric Garner

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A Staten Island grand jury cleared an NYPD cop Wednesday in the chokehold death of Eric Garner during his caught-on-video arrest for peddling loose cigarettes, The Post has learned.

The panel voted a “no-bill” and dismissed all potential charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo, sources said.

The blockbuster decision capped weeks of investigation by the special grand jury, which was empaneled in September specifically to review evidence in Garner’s racially charged death.

It was unclear exactly what charges prosecutors asked the grand jury to consider filing, or how the vote went.

Under New York law, an indictment must be agreed upon by at least 12 members of a grand jury, which can have up to 23 members.

Cellphone video of Garner’s July 17 arrest shows Pantaleo wrestling him to the sidewalk on Bay Street, with the white cop’s arms wrapped around the neck of the black suspect.

On the ground, Garner was heard repeatedly yelling “I can’t breathe!” as Pantaleo and other cops held him down and handcuffed him.

The Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Garner’s death a homicide caused by “compression of neck (chokehold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.”

Police union leaders denied that Pantaleo used a chokehold — which is banned by the NYPD — and blasted the autopsy as part of a “political” witch hunt.

Garner’s family has filed notice it plans to sue the city for $75 million on grounds including wrongful death, pre-death pain and suffering, and civil rights violations.

The family and adviser the Rev. Al Sharpton have also repeatedly called on the feds to investigate his death.

In July, US Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department was monitoring the case, and a group including Garner’s mom, widow and Sharpton met in August with Brooklyn US Attorney Loretta Lynch.

She has since been nominated by President Obama to replace Holder.

(via NYpost)

Update: Cops Search Joe Budden’s House

As we previously reported, Love & Hip Hop star Joe Budden allegedly beat his girlfriend.  TMZ posted photos of what look to be a woman badly bruised, and Joey is allegedly the culprit.  Well, the rapper has come forward to address widespread domestic violence reports and revealed law enforcement searched his home as a result of the situation.

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Check out what SOHH is reporting via Eben Gregory:

Budden dished out more details of the headline-generating story and proclaimed his innocence.

“I don’t take this lightly, but I do find it funny seeing as how IM THE CALMEST N*GGA IN THE WORLD !! Smh,” Budden tweeted Friday (August 22) evening.

“Also, if I did half of what’s alleged, a pic of her face would be out, not her leg.. This is simple logic here.”

“Logic typically clears up a lot of sh*t by the way.”

“I’ll have my day in court… f*ck it.”

“I did have a nice convo w @TMZ earlier about journalistic integrity, boy was that funny/stupid. Lol”

“Cops searched my house today cuz shorty told them I had guns here.. He said “wanna tell me why u have a bullet proof vest?”.. Lmao/smh”

“The lesson to be learned here is.. Leave the strippers & bartenders in the strip club… sounds so simple !” (Joe Budden’s Twitter)

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NO U AINT of the day… Three cops convicted in post-Katrina slaying, coverup

A US federal jury convicted three current and former New Orleans police officers for shooting and burning a man in the post-Hurricane Katrina chaos.

Two other cops were acquitted at the end of the month-long trial. Jurors deliberated for three days before returning their verdict.

US Attorney Jim Letten hailed the split verdicts as a victory for prosecutors.

“Today’s verdicts send a powerful message that no one is above the law, and that those who are sworn to protect our citizens are never, under any circumstances, relieved of their sacred responsibilities under our constitution,” he said in a statement. Continue reading

Money Mayweather in trouble again…

Cops rolled over to Floyd Mayweather‘s Las Vegas home tonight after a private security guard claimed the championship boxer poked him in the face during an incident in Floyd’s gated community … TMZ has learned. Continue reading