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Family of Eric Garner Meets with Federal Investigators

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Relatives of the Staten Island man who died while being arrested last week, are asking for federal civil rights charges against the officers involved.

Eric Garner's family and the Reverend Al Sharpton went to the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn to make their case.

They met with members of the Civil Rights Division for about half an hour.

Sharpton says there is precedent for federal investigators to get involved with cases of NYPD misconduct.

He says based on what Garner said in video of the incident, it's clear the feds should step in.

"There can be no doubt that at some point in 11 cries of 'I can't breathe' that intent is established. There can be no doubt based on the video tapes that clearly the EMS workers and the other police did nothing to stop the illegal use of a chokehold and there can be no doubt that a chokehold was used with intent," said Rev. Al Sharpton.

Officer Daniel Pantaleo and another officer have been put on desk duty.

A cell phone video of Garner's arrest shows Pantaleo putting him in what appears to be a chokehold.

The Staten Island District Attorney already has a criminal investigation open.

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