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CPR Statement: The Death of Eric Garner from NYPD Encounter, Chokehold

Re: Death of Eric Garner from NYPD Encounter, Chokehold

In response to the death of Eric Garner who was put in a chokehold by a NYPD officer, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Joo-Hyun Kang.


“We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Eric Garner. His death at the hands of NYPD, whose job is to serve and protect New Yorkers, is unacceptable and tragic. It’s yet another example of unnecessary police encounters resulting from broken windows-style policing that targets New Yorkers of color – in this case escalating with fatal consequences. Sadly, Mr. Garner is one of too many New Yorkers of color who have unjustly had their lives cut short by police officers over the past decades. It is even more troubling that this incident, where a chokehold – which is against the NYPD's own use of force policy – was used, comes nearly 20 years after Anthony Baez was killed by a NYPD officer’s use of an illegal chokehold. In order for these incidents to end, it is critical that a thorough and timely investigation be conducted, justice be served and all officers involved be held accountable. In addition to opposing hyper-enforcement of minor offenses that characterizes broken windows policing, Communities United for Police Reform has called for a zero tolerance policy for police brutality, especially as it relates to the killing of unarmed New Yorkers.  Far too often the justice and oversight systems have failed families who have lost loved ones to police violence, creating even further injustice. That must not continue.”

About Communities United for Police Reform

Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) is an unprecedented campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York, and to build a lasting movement that promotes public safety and policing practices based on cooperation and respect– not discriminatory targeting and harassment.

CPR brings together a movement of community members, lawyers, researchers and activists to work for change. The partners in this campaign come from all 5 boroughs, from all walks of life and represent many of those unfairly targeted the most by the NYPD. CPR is fighting for reforms that will promote community safety while ensuring that the NYPD protects and serves all New Yorkers.

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