Justice Department steps in to investigate Eric Garner's death 10/26/2016 6:33 am PDT Comments WPIX via WPIX: NEW YORK -- (WPIX) -- The Justice Department has replaced the New York investigative team working on the Eric Garner case with outside agents. Sources tell PIX11 federal agents from Washington will take over the case. Garner died in 2014 after he was placed in an illegal chokehold by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo on a Staten Island street corner. Garner's sister Elisha released a statement Tuesday regarding the change saying "It's a step in the right direction, we are patient and we look forward to seeing the outcome." FULL STORY: Justice Department steps in to investigate Eric Garner's death - WPIX Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.