When asked if she accepted the apology of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was not charged in the chokehold death of her husband Eric Garner, Esaw Garner said, "Hell no!"
It is too late to show remorse, Garner said at a press conference with Rev. Al Sharpton following a Staten Island grand jury's decision Wednesday to not indict the cop.
"The time for remorse would have been when my husband was yelling to breathe," said Garner. "That would've been the time for him to show some type of remorse or some type of
care for another human being's life — when he was screaming 11 times, that he can't breathe."
On Wednesday, Pantaleo said he felt "very bad about the death" of Garner. "My family and I include him and his family in our prayers and I hope that they will accept my personal condolences for their loss," a statement read.
Garner, 43, was placed in a chokehold after being stopped by the police in Staten Island for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. Garner was later taken to the ground and died after shouting, “I can’t breathe!” several times on a video recording that was spread around the Internet.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday the Justice Department is launching a civil rights investigation into the case. Several protests erupted in New York City following the announcement, mounting on protests last week after the grand jury's decision in the case of Michael Brown's death.
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