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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Issues Statement on Four-Year Anniversary of Eric Garner’s Death

For Immediate Release July 17, 2018

Washington, D.C. – On the four-year anniversary of Eric Garner’s death at the hands of officer Daniel Pantaleo, the New York City Police Department announced intentions to pursue disciplinary actions against officers involved in the case, giving the Department of Justice until August 31 to publicly announce its decisions about potential criminal charges in Garner’s death.

Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement in response:

“Four years after“I can’t breathe” became the rallying cry against police brutality,  Eric Garner’s death at the hands of the NYPD, goes unpunished. Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who held Garner in a banned chokehold tactic, remains on NYPD payroll.  The Justice Department never announced results of its federal investigation, and the NYPD is only now moving to review Officer Pantaelo’s conduct. At every level, our justice system is failing to fully end effectively confront the use of deadly force against unarmed African Americans and the death of Eric Garner is emblematic of this ongoing crisis.”

About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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