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UPDATED, 3:57 PM EST, 12-3-14: 

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio late-Wednesday cancelled a scheduled appearance at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting in Manhattan, his press office told NewsOne.


A Staten Island grand jury on Wednesday cleared a New York Police Department officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner (pictured right), the unarmed Black man whose untimely demise was captured on video, igniting outrage across the country, the New York Post reports.

RELATED: Grand Jury Close To Decision In Eric Garner Chokehold Case

The panel voted a “no-bill” and dismissed all potential charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo, sources told the Post. It was unclear exactly what charges prosecutors asked the grand jury to consider filing, or how the vote went, the report says.

The Rev. Al Sharpton released a statement shortly after word leaked about the Staten Island grand jury decision, saying that he and Garner’s widow, Esaw, planned to respond to the decision at a 7:30 p.m. news conference at his Harlem-based National Action Network headquarters.

Moments after word spread about the decision, Pantaleo tweeted an apology.


 The decision comes almost a week after angry protests flared up after a grand jury cleared White Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown.

SEE ALSO: Darren Wilson Quit Ferguson Force Without Severance [VIDEO]

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