A Staten Island grand jury is reportedly expected to decide whether or not to indict an NYPD officer for his role in Eric Garner's death by the end of the week. The 43-year-old died in July after officer Daniel Pantaleo placed him in a chokehold. In August, Garner's death was ruled a homicide by the New York City medical examiner.
A lawyer for Pantaleo told CNN that the officer testified in front of a grand jury for close to two hours on Nov. 21:
He was anxious and anxiety-filled prior to that, said Stuart London. He is cautiously optimistic and knows that his fate is in their hands now.
Last week, it was reported that a decision could come before the end of the year. CNN notes that, although it hasn't been confirmed, one is expected to arrive prior to the week's end. Furthermore, CNN added that NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton met with local officials in Staten Island Monday to talk about the decision, as well as how to handle the public's reaction to it.
Pantaleo has since been stripped of his gun and badge.