Press Release

Gillibrand Statement on Justice Department Decision Not to Charge Police Officer in Eric Garner’s Death

Jul 16, 2019

Washington, DC  U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today released the following statement after the Justice Department announced it would not bring federal charges against the NYPD officer in connection with the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

“It’s an outrage that five years after Eric Garner was placed in a banned chokehold in clear violation of NYPD policy, and said ‘I can’t breathe’ eleven times on video, his family still won’t get justice. Now that the federal justice system has failed the Garners and our city, the NYPD must make their departmental findings fully transparent to the public and take immediate actions to ensure this officer is no longer on the force.”