- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A grand jury has begun deciding whether there should be criminal charges in the case of an unarmed man who died while being arrested by New York City police.

Police union officials said the grand jury began hearing evidence on Monday in the death of Eric Garner.

The proceedings come five weeks after the medical examiner found that a banned chokehold used by Officer Daniel Pantaleo contributed to Garner’s death on Staten Island in July. It was ruled a homicide.

Pantaleo’s lawyer said he expects it will take at least a month for the panel to reach a decision. He said his client denies any wronging.

The Staten Island District Attorney declined comment.

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