DOJ Takes Eric Garner Cases; Charges Expected

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(L-R) Screenshot of controversial arrest of Eric Garner in July of 2014. (YouTube), NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, accused of illegal choke-hold of Garner during the arrest. (Twitter)

Two years after the choke-hold death of Eric Garner made “I can’t breathe” a rallying cry for protests over police killings of black men, federal authorities in New York and Washington were at odds on whether or not to pursue charges in the case; that is until Tuesday, when D.C. DOJ officials replaced the New York based team of investigators and lawyers.

AURN’s Kim Lampkins has more …


 

The outspoken daughter of Eric Garner has made a statement regarding the case:

In a statement released on Twitter Tuesday evening, Erica Garner said the recent action by the DOJ “is a step in the right direction,” and that the DOJ had been “dragging its feet but is now finally serious about pursuing justice.”

Garner also said: “There have been countless cases where the Justice Department has too quickly come to a decision to not file federal civil rights charges, like for instance the cases involving Mike Brown in Ferguson and Freddie Gray in Baltimore. I hope they take their time and get it right in this case.”