Updated: Sep 29, 2021
It’s been seven years since the 2014 police killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man who was placed in a chokehold by former NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo. Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, has continued on her journey for justice as she tries to hold more people accountable for her son’s death.
This week, New York State Supreme Court Justice Erika M. Edwards heard arguments for why New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other top city officials should be made to testify in the judicial inquiry into Garner’s killing. Carr and others brought the petition in 2019 to investigate the officials’ violations and neglect of duties, their failure to conduct thorough investigations and discipline all NYPD officers responsible for misconduct, and the related cover-up.