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John Boehner on Eric Garner: 'The American people deserve more answers'

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday said Congress could hold hearings into the death of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died after a New York Police officer placed him in a chokehold.

"I'm not going to rule that in or out," Boehner said of calls from lawmakers to hold hearings on the case. "But I do think that the American people deserve more answers about what really happened here, and was our system of justice handled properly."

A grand jury on Wednesday declined to bring charges against officer Daniel Pantaleo despite video evidence of him placing Garner in an illegal chokehold. Garner's death was ruled a homicide.