[DailyNews OpEd] With Garner inquiry, the whole system is on trial

Updated: Oct 28, 2021

By Gwen Carr and Loyda Colon


Eric Garner was killed by the NYPD, not by just a single officer. The whole system murdered him.Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who put him in the chokehold, killed Eric. The NYPD officers who heard him say “I can’t breathe” 11 times without intervening on the banned chokehold, killed Eric. The NYPD’s broken-windows policies, which led to the stop that escalated to an illegal arrest, and his death, killed Eric. The disciplinary system that was designed to shield officers from the consequences of their violence and misconduct killed Eric...


...De Blasio promised a full investigation; we never got that. The court agrees. This judicial inquiry is our investigation. We fought for this investigation along with Eric’s sister, the mother of Ramarley Graham, the Justice Committee and other members of Communities United for Police Reform. We petitioned to make it a reality, and we are finally having our day in court.


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