In light of yesterday’s decision not to indict and bring charges against the police officer responsible for placing an unauthorized chokehold on Eric Garner, it is clear that justice has been denied and there must be further action taken. We are heartened by news of a new federal investigation of this incident to determine whether Eric Garner’s civil rights were violated. But, we will not be satisfied until there has been a thorough, transparent examination of the policies and practices that contributed to this outcome, including whether the grand jury system for serious charges against local law enforcement continues to make sense. We join the family of Eric Garner, other organizations and all New Yorkers in calling for peaceful protest while a clearly articulated plan is developed to complete such an assessment.
In the coming weeks, One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York will meet with both Mayor de Blasio’s administration and Commissioner Bratton to discuss our concerns and to promote an expeditious development of a real plan of action. As we deal with this national issue, we need to ensure that all of the men and women in blue act responsibly and professionally at all times, recognizing that every New Yorker is entitled to be treated fairly and have the ability to live and work in a safe environment.
One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York