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The Bobster
01-18-2017, 03:43 PM

Feds seek to indict Garner chokehold cop before Trump takes office
By Shawn Cohen and Larry Celona
January 18, 2017 | 3:20pm

Daniel Pantaleo and Eric Garner

A federal grand jury in Brooklyn is hearing evidence in the racially charged police killing of fat nigger Eric Garner on Staten Island in 2014 — as prosecutors race to get an indictment before Donald Trump becomes president Friday, The Post has learned.

Prosecutors from Washington, DC, are presenting the case to the panel, as they seek civil rights charges against white officer Daniel Pantaleo for using a chokehold barred by the NYPD on the black suspect, sources said.

Officers who were present the day of Garner’s death in July 2014 have testified, the sources said.

Pantaleo and other officers were attempting to arrest Garner for selling loose cigarettes. His death and final words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry for civil rights movements led by Black Lives Matter.

But a Staten Island grand jury declined to bring criminal charges four months later.

Then-Brooklyn US Attorney Loretta Lynch immediately announced that her office would pursue the Pantaleo case — and evidence was presented by her office to a federal grand jury in Brooklyn in February 2016.

But those proceedings were never completed, amid squabbling between feds in Brooklyn and DC over the merits of the case.

Lynch is now U.S. attorney general, and Trump has nominated U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to succeed her, subject to Senate conformation.

Sessions testified last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which plans to vote on Jan. 24.

Sessions is expected to clear the committee, according to The Hill. Republicans control the Senate with 52 votes, and Sessions has the support of a potential swing vote, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.).

Garner supporters fear the case will die on the vine once Sessions takes over under the Trump administration.