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The New York City Police Department said Monday it would move forward with internal disciplinary hearings for the officer involved in the death of Eric Garner if the Justice Department does not announce federal civil rights charges by August 31, according to a letter from the NYPD.

The letter, written by Deputy Commissioner of Legal Affairs Larry Byrne, expressed frustration at the lack of a decision by the Trump administration.

“Understandably, members of the public in general and the Garner family in particular have grown impatient with the fact that NYPD has not proceeded with our disciplinary proceedings and they have difficulty comprehending a decision to defer to a federal criminal investigation that seems to have no end in sight.”

The article goes on to state the following:

Garner died in custody four years ago, on July 17, 2014, after Officer Daniel Pantaleo, and others, used a banned chokehold tactic to restrain him. Pantaleo has continued to get paid while the disciplinary proceedings against him are pending.

“The NYPD has come to the conclusion that given the extraordinary passage of time since the incident without a final decision on the U.S. DOJ’s criminal investigation, any further delay in moving ahead with our own disciplinary proceedings can no longer be justified,” the letter said.

According to the report, the Department of Justic replied to ABC’s request for comment. A spokesman said: “As officials at the Department of Justice informed Mr. Byrne this spring, the New York Police Department may move forward with its disciplinary proceedings. Mr. Byrne’s letter does not have any bearing on the decision-making timeline at the Justice Department, and the Department cannot comment further at this time.”

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