and the same division in DOJ:
Eric H. Holder Jr., Mr. Obama’s attorney general at the time of Mr. Garner’s death, said that evidence strongly suggested the federal government should bring charges against Officer Pantaleo, even though it was notoriously hard to prosecute police officers for deaths in custody.
The Holder side was the Civil rights group in DOJ. The Barr side of the DOJ was the Brooklyn prosecutors. They said that they would never win. That excuse matters because of THIS:
“The last time the federal government brought a deadly force case against a New York police officer was in 1998, when Officer Francis X. Livoti stood trial on — and was eventually convicted of — civil rights charges in the choking death of a Bronx man named Anthony Baez.”
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