PRESS STATEMENT FROM THE COLLEGE DEMOCRATS OF NEW YORK ON ERIC GARNER CASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Executive Board of the College Democrats of New York supports the protestors against the lack of indictment in Eric Garner case.
NEW YORK, NY December 4, 2014 – First and foremost, we send our deepest
condolences to Ms. Garner and the Garner family. We were saddened by the tragic
nature of his death in July, and continue to grieve after yesterday’s decision. May our
actions be done in his honor and not disrespect his legacy.
Yesterday’s Staten Island Grand Jury had three videos, eyewitness testimonies, and the
coroner’s report to reach the low threshold of probable cause to indict Officer Daniel
Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. We are shocked at the Grand Jury’s
unconscionable decision to not proceed with justice in the face of clear evidence. The
supposed sale of loose cigarettes should have never lead to police harassment and an
The decision made by the Grand Jury yesterday only shows that our justice system
values the reputation of police officer over the life of man– especially a man of color.
And the lack of indictment was an ultimate disrespect to the Garner family and the
many people in New York City and around the country who face police confrontation
In light of other injustices facing African American people around the country, we
remember Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and the numerous people who have lost
their lives. Black lives matter and need to matter in the eyes of our police and our court
system. From Staten Island to Ferguson and throughout this country, we have been
served clear reason to re-evaluate how our justice system affects communities of color.
Having such injustice happen in our own state is disturbing.
We support the peaceful protests happening throughout the city and state and country.
We add our voices to the many that have stood up to say, “It stops today!”
COLLEGE DEMOCRATS OF NEW YORK IS THE OFFICIAL COLLEGE
OUTREACH WING OF THE NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. AS
AN AFFILIATE OF COLLEGE DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA, OUR GOAL IS
TO EMPOWER YOUNG PROGRESSIVES ONE STUDENT AT A TIME. WE
ARE COMMITTED TO ELECTING STRONG PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS IN
THE STATE OF NEW YORK AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY.