The Justice Department is shaking up the inquiry into Eric Garner’s death, replacing the New York lawyers and agents who were assigned to the case. The move could breathe new life into the inquiry and get the ball rolling to seek criminal charges at the federal level.
In the past few weeks, the FBI agents who were investigating the case were replaced by agents from outside New York, according to five federal agents who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly.
What’s more, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn are no longer assigned to the case, though it is unclear whether the Washington civil rights attorneys will then work alone in presenting the case.
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