Justice for Eric Garner

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On July 16, 2019, the day before the fifth anniversary of Eric’s killing, the U.S. Department of Justice met with the family of Eric Garner to tell them that they would not be bringing any federal charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo. On July 17, we will gather at 4PM at Foley Square to demand justice for Eric — Mayor de Blasio has no more excuses - he must #FirePantaleo and #FireNYPD officers who engaged in misconduct related to Eric’s killing: RSVP here.

NOTE: The disciplinary trial concluded on Thursday June 6th.

In 2014, NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo killed Eric Garner with a chokehold that has been banned by the NYPD for over two decades. It has been almost 5 years since Eric Garner was killed, and his family and community is still fighting for some measure of accountability from Mayor de Blasio and the NYPD. 

On Monday, May 13th, 2019, the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) began disciplinary proceedings against Pantaleo. The trial concluded on June 6, but the process to #FirePantaleo is far from over. It could take weeks or months before Commissioner O’Neill makes a final decision on whether Pantaleo is disciplined, and what that discipline will be. If the NYPD follows its outrageous and expansive interpretation of the state police secrecy law "50-a", the NYPD may not even make an official announcement of Commissioner O'Neill's final decision. Check back on this page for more information about future actions to demand full transparency about disciplinary action (if any) that is taken against Officer Pantaleo and that the NYPD fire him and all officers involved in killing Eric Garner and related misconduct. For information about what happened each day in the trial room, check our daily court summaries.

About NYPD Killing of Eric Garner

On July 17, 2014,  Eric Garner was killed on a Staten Island sidewalk after being placed in a NYPD-banned chokehold by Officer Daniel Pantaleo, during a false/illegal arrest while Eric pleaded “I can’t breathe” eleven times. The killing was captured on video, which showed a number of officers who used force in the illegal arrest, failed to intervene, and failed to provide aid.  NYPD officials and officers also attempted to cover-up the killing, first claiming that Garner died of a heart attack, illegally leaked sealed records to criminalize Garner, and lying on official reports. 

NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo and other officers responsible for misconduct should have been fired years ago.  Instead, Pantaleo has been taking home a six-figure salary with overtime almost every year since killing Garner in 2014 and has had his base pay increased at least twice -- and the other officers who engaged in misconduct have also remained on the force.  This is unacceptable.  We stand with Eric Garner's family to demand Mayor de Blasio and NYPD #FirePantaleo and other officers for killing #EricGarner and related misconduct. 

News on Eric Garner

Mother of Eric Garner, Youth Organizations, Elected Officials and Hundreds of New Yorkers Call on Mayor de Blasio and NYPD to Hold All Officers Involved in Garner's Unjust Killing Accountable

New York, NY – On the fifth anniversary of the unjust killing of Eric Garner -- and one day after the DOJ’s refusal to bring federal charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo -- Garner's mother Gwen Carr, Make the Road New York’s Youth Power Project, Rockaway Youth Task Force and other Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) members and partners, held a youth-led rally and march on July 17, 2019 to call on Mayor de Blasio and the NYPD to end their obstruction and delays and move to fire all officers responsible for misconduct in Garner's killing.

BREAKING NEWS: Mother of Eric Garner Addresses DOJ Refusal to Bring Charges Against NYPD Officer Who Killed Her Son

New York, NY – One day before the fifth anniversary of the unjust killing of Eric Garner, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) refused to bring federal charges against Garner’s killer, NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, and sister, Ellisha Flagg-Garner, will address the DOJ decision in a 1:00 p.m. press conference on the steps of City Hall.

Statement by Gwen Carr, Mother of Eric Garner, After Meeting with Mayor de Blasio

New York, NY - Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, condemned the decision not to convict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the unjust killing of her son. Carr is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to hold the NYPD accountable, which includes firing Pantaleo and other officers responsible for misconduct. On Thursday, July 18, Carr spoke to de Blasio in a meeting. She issued the following statement:  

Statement by Gwen Carr, Mother of Eric Garner:




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