Center for Constitutional Rights Marks Five Years Since Killing of Eric Garner

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Expresses Outrage at Justice Department Decision Not to File Civil Rights Charges Against Officer Responsible

July 17, 2019, New York –
Five years after the killing of Eric Garner by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement:

“As we mark five years of mourning the killing of Eric Garner, we stand in solidarity with his loved ones and community while expressing outrage at the systemic injustices they continue to face. The NYPD, City government, and criminal justice system have failed Mr. Garner’s family at every stage of the process. Yesterday’s announcement that the Justice Department will not bring federal criminal civil rights charges only underscores the urgent need for action, reform, and accountability at the local level. At the very least, the results of Officer Pantaleo’s internal disciplinary trial must be made public as soon as they are completed.”

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July 17, 2019