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Garner decision sparks social media debate on body cameras

An amateur video recorded Eric Garner being placed in a chokehold by an NYPD officer on July 17, 2014.

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NEW YORK -- A series of controversial, and high-profile, fatal confrontations this year between police and young African-American males has spurred nationwide calls for police to use body-worn cameras, but social media users were quick to point out that a grand jury's decision Wednesday highlights the limitations of video footage.

Twitter users noted that, despite the movement to require police to wear cameras, July footage of New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo using a chokehold on Eric Garner, who died after the confrontation, was not enough to get an indictment.

A New York City grand jury began reviewing evidence in the case Sept. 29 and announced Wednesday that it would file no charges in the case.

In cellphone video of the Garner incident, Pantaleo is seen placing his arm around Garner's neck and then taking him to the ground after Garner refuses to be handcuffed.

Garner is heard saying repeatedly, "I can't breathe!" He died a short time later.