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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:

“I spoke to the Mayor and told him that Daniel Pantaleo, Justin D'Amico, Sgt. Kizzy Adonis, and every other officer who engaged in misconduct related to the murder of my son should have been fired years ago and must be fired now. It is outrageous that I have had to be fighting for five years to get the Mayor to do his job to make sure that there is accountability when the NYPD murders our children.

"The Mayor has been dragging his heels and obstructing accountability at every turn for the past five years - including letting his NYPD block CCRB charges against Pantaleo for almost a year, not charging any of the other officers who helped kill my son and tried to cover it up, and also not even scheduling the discipline trial of Adonis, who's had discipline charges for years.

"Actions speak louder than words and so far I still haven't seen action. Right after talking to the Mayor I protested outside his house because I will not be satisfied with conversations or just some kind of access to him -- I want to see action and will not stop fighting for my son until Pantaleo and all the other officers who did wrong are fired.”  


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