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Eric Garner’s Mother: NYPD Does Not Need DOJ Action to Prosecute Pantaleo


The mother of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man killed in a police chokehold, says Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill do not need to wait for the U.S. Department of Justice to take action against the officer who killed her son—and blasted them for preventing the city’s independent oversight entity from prosecuting him.

Eric Garner's mom says NYPD is blocking charges against Pantaleo

New York Daily News

A civilian police misconduct board is prepared to move forward with charges against the cop who killed Eric Garner — but the NYPD is blocking the move, his mother charged.

Gwen Carr said officials at the Civilian Complaint Review Board told her in a meeting that the department has used an administrative maneuver to block the case from proceeding against Daniel Pantaleo, by refusing to issue a case number.

“We’re tired of waiting. We’ve been waiting for almost four years,” Carr said at a press conference outside City Hall Thursday.

De Blasio Blasts ‘Provocative Action’ by ICE at Immigrant Activist Rally


Mayor Bill de Blasio says President Donald Trump’s immigration authorities engaged in a “provocative action” when they detained a prominent Trinidadian-American immigrant activist last week and appeared to defend the NYPD amid criticisms over its treatment of protestors and elected officials rallying in support of the activist.

Activists call for investigation into NYPD’s handling of protests

New York Daily News

Civil rights groups are asking for oversight hearings into the NYPD’s policing of protests after cops’ tactics at an immigration demonstration drew criticism last week.

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, local chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, Communities United for Police Reform and others say City Council hearings should also probe the role of the Strategic Response Group, created in 2015 to handle large protests as well as anti-terrorism security.

De Blasio slammed for timing on controversial police reform bill

New York Daily News

The mayor hastily added a hearing for a controversial police reform bill to his schedule Monday — at a time when many of the activists opposed to it were mourning Erica Garner.

Mayor de Blasio added the Right to Know Act to a slew of other, less contentious, bills getting hearings Monday — slipping the bills into an updated advisory he issued two hours before the event was to begin. Meanwhile, a funeral was being held for Garner, whose father Eric Garner was killed as a police officer used a chokehold while trying to arrest him on Staten Island in 2014.

De Blasio slammed for adding police reform bills to hearing last minute

New York Post

Police-reform advocates on Monday slammed the de Blasio administration for waiting until the last minute before adding controversial police reform bills to a public hearing hosted by the mayor.

One measure in the Right to Know Act requires cops to get proof of consent from a person before searching them without a legal basis.

A second bill requires cops to ID themselves and provide business cards to suspects.

Melissa Mark-Viverito, a Mayor-Made Speaker, Sought a Member-Driven Legacy

Gotham Gazette

Melissa Mark-Viverito, the first Latina to preside over the 51-member New York City Council, leaves office having shepherded a progressive shift in the city’s direction, in conjunction with fellow Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio, a philosophically aligned partner in government who was the deciding factor in her winning the powerful speaker position four years ago.

Judge: NYPD must release documents on Ramarley Graham shooting


The family of a Bronx teen shot and killed by a police officer has won a legal victory against the NYPD.

A State Supreme Court judge has ruled the department must release documents related to the death of Ramarley Graham.

His family will receive some for private use, while other files can only be reviewed with a judge present.

The NYPD had cited an obscure state law as a means to keep files on Graham's 2012 shooting private.