Read Bill de Blasio's Statement On Eric Garner, Police Violence, And The Possibility Of Protests
On Wednesday afternoon, shortly after Daniel Pantaleo was cleared of all charges in the death of Eric Garner, mayor Bill de Blasio released a statement on Garner's death. In it, de Blasio describes Garner's death as an "injustice" that the city of New York is working to ensure won't be repeated, thanks to "the changing culture of law enforcement" overseen by Police Commissioner William Bratton. Quoting Martin Luther King - "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" — de Blasio offered his condolences to Garner's family, and promised reforms.
He also addressed the possibility of protest in Staten Island and New York Wednesday night, urging a non-violent response to the grand jury decision.