Civil rights advocates decried the U.S. Justice Department\u0026#039;s announcement on Tuesday that it would not prosecute a New York police officer in the death of Eric Garner as a \u0022gross injustice,\u0022 the victim\u0026#039;s family demanded that the officer be fired.Daniel Pantaleo is accused of triggering a fatal asthma attack five years ago when he put Garner in a \u0022chokehold,\u0022 a maneuver that\u0026#039;s been banned by the NYPD for more than two decades. The five-year anniversary of Garner\u0026#039;s death falls on Wednesday and marks the deadline by which charges would need to be filed against Pantaleo.Garner\u0026#039;s mother, Gwen Carr, and his daughter, Emerald Garner, spoke to the press after emerging from a meeting with prosecutors and Rev. Al Sharpton, where they learned of the DOJ\u0026#039;s decision.\u0022The DOJ has failed us,\u0022 Carr told reporters. \u0022Five years ago my son said, \u0026#039;I can\u0026#039;t breathe\u0026#039; 11 times. And today we can\u0026#039;t breathe because they have let us down...This is not an easy fight but we kept on pushing. And make no mistake about it, we\u0026#039;re going to still push.\u0022\u0022We\u0026#039;re asking the commissioner to make the right decision\u0022 regarding Pantaleo\u0026#039;s dismissal, Carr added.\u0022We\u0026#039;re not going away,\u0022 Eric Garner\u0026#039;s mother says following DOJ decision.\u0022You think it\u0026#039;s swept under the rug? No! It\u0026#039;s not going to be swept under the rug. Because, I\u0026#039;m out here. You all know my face. You\u0026#039;re going to see it even more now.\u0022 https://t.co/aLS5pDb9Y1 pic.twitter.com/SBu7TyVl2L— ABC News (@ABC) July 16, 2019\u0022Pantaleo needs to be fired!\u0022 Emerald said. \u0022He needs to be fired. There is no waiting, there is no nothing....Five years later and there\u0026#039;s still no justice. So no, there won\u0026#039;t be no calm. No, there won\u0026#039;t be no peace. No justice, no peace.\u0022Eric Garner\u0026#039;s daughter condemns DOJ decision not to charge officer involved in her father\u0026#039;s death five years ago: \u0022Don\u0026#039;t apologize to me. Fire the officer!\u0022 https://t.co/lGCTpDbndO pic.twitter.com/0rITfG4WXe— ABC News (@ABC) July 16, 2019\u0022They came in that room and gave their condolences,\u0022 Emerald added in her statement to the press, noting that her sister Erica also died in 2017 while fighting for justice for their father. \u0022Five years later, I don\u0026#039;t want no condolences. I want my father and I want my sister.\u0022\u0022The tragic killing of Eric Garner was recorded and widely shared across the country and is a stark example of the dangers faced by African Americans at the hands of the very police who are sworn to protect them,\u0022 said Kristen Clarke, executive director of the Lawyers\u0026#039; Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, in a statement. \u0022The Justice Department\u0026#039;s decision not to prosecute Daniel Pantaleo sends a dangerous message to law enforcement that they can kill with impunity.\u0022Pantaleo has continued to serve in the NYPD since Garner\u0026#039;s death, on desk duty. His pay rose to $120,000 per year in 2016 and he has continued to accrue pension benefits.Police Commissioner James O\u0026#039;Neill has said he won\u0026#039;t determine whether to fire Pantaleo until an administrative judge hands down her verdict in the officer\u0026#039;s disciplinary hearing.On social media, progressive groups, including Indivisible and the Lawyers\u0026#039; Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, called the DOJ\u0026#039;s decision an injustice and joined the Garner family\u0026#039;s call for Pantaleo to be dismissed.Eric Garner should be alive today. Erica Garner should be alive today. This is injustice. https://t.co/qHPVih3bvd— Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) July 16, 2019BREAKING: Justice Department will not criminally prosecute NYPD cop Daniel Pantaleo who killed Eric Garner 5 years ago. Garner was killed with an unlawful chokehold that was taped and viewed by the entire nation. This is a gross injustice.— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) July 16, 2019My heart breaks for Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, who has been tireless and relentless in calling for justice and speaking out against police brutality. She took the tragedy of losing her son and helped fuel a movement alongside other grieving mothers of color. pic.twitter.com/p7ssZAwXWE— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) July 16, 2019It’s been almost 5 years since #EricGarner was killed on camera.Not only is Daniel Pantaleo still on the force, he’s making more now than he was on that day in 2014.It’s years past time to #FirePantaleo.And we cannot blame @realdonaldtrump for this one.— Jumaane Williams (@JumaaneWilliams) July 15, 2019There were other officers who either physically restrained #EricGarner, or watched and failed to intervene. Although Garner’s death was ruled a homicide, Pantaleo and other officers who engaged in misconduct are free today. We are outraged. @NYCMayor #FirePantaleo now! pic.twitter.com/5ZTJ7s58nK— Make the Road NY (@MaketheRoadNY) July 15, 2019A Black man was murdered. They strangled the life from his body. On camera. We all saw it. Just feet away. Clear as day. He pleaded for his life. They kept strangling him. Eric Garner is dead. The cameraman is jailed. And the killer is still making salary. This is white supremacy pic.twitter.com/iXkFROVPMo— Scott Hechinger (@ScottHech) July 16, 2019According to ABC News, Attorney General William Barr made the final decision not to prosecute Pantaleo.\u0026nbsp;Some critics denounced the Obama administration for failing to swiftly bring charges against the officer. Former Attorney General Eric Holder supported prosecuting Pantaleo at the time, but the U.S. Attorney\u0026#039;s Office for the Eastern District of New York warned that it would be difficult to prove that Garner\u0026#039;s rights had been violated. Under Holder\u0026#039;s successor, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the DOJ was working on the case when President Donald Trump was elected.\u0022The Obama administration broke the hearts of the family of Eric Garner when they let this case carry over to the Trump administration,\u0022 journalist and civil rights advocate Shaun King tweeted.