Eric Garner

"These families deserve justice." City Council discusses how to stop police brutality

The New York City Council's Committee on Public Safety convened on Thursday to discuss a sweeping package of bills to improve police accountability for officer misconduct, sparking impassioned testimonies from relatives of victims and accusations of apathy by police officials. "I don't think the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:39pm

Federal prosecutors urge charging NYPD officer in Eric Garner's death

Federal civil rights prosecutors have recommended charging a white New York City police officer for putting Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, in a fatal choke hold during a 2014 arrest, The New York Times reported on Friday, citing unnamed officials. But senior officials in the U.S. Justice...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 1:11pm

Before Eric Garner’s fatal chokehold, NYPD officer had history of complaints, leaked documents reveal

The NYPD officer who used a department-banned chokehold during the 2014 arrest that resulted in Eric Garner’s death had a history of prior complaints, according to leaked documents obtained by ThinkProgress.Daniel Pantaleo had seven disciplinary complaints and 14 allegations before the fatal Eric...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 7:47pm

New York City to pay $5.9 million to family of Eric Garner

New York City has reached a settlement with the family of Eric Garner, who was killed after being put in a chokehold by police last July, agreeing to pay $5.9 million to resolve the claim over his death, city officials said on Monday.Eric Garner's death, along with the fatal shooting of an unarmed...

Monday, July 13, 2015 - 7:33pm

Eric Garner widow refuses $5 million City settlement

Eric Garner’s family rejected a $5 million settlement offer from New York City last week, a source close to the family told The Daily News.Comptroller Scott Stringer made the offer in a series of ongoing negotiations between the city and Esaw Snipes, the widow of Eric Garner who was killed by a...

Monday, July 13, 2015 - 11:42am

AG expected to probe cases of alleged police abuse

Nearly a year after the death of Eric Garner, and just hours before Gov. Andrew Cuomo was expected to announce an executive order appointing a special prosecutor to investigate police-involved deaths, mothers of men killed by police officers rallied outside the governor’s midtown office to hold him...

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 1:39am

Drug charges reduced against man who shot Eric Garner video

Prosecutors on Monday reduced the drug charges against Ramsey Orta, who filmed Eric Garner’s death on Staten Island last year.Orta, 23, was arrested last week after allegedly selling MDMA — or “Molly” to an undercover cop on the Lower East Side, Metro previously reported.Prosecutors said in court...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 7:11pm

More than 100 arrests reported in Freddie Gray protests in New York

The streets of New York City became the epicenter of dramatic new anti-cop protests that lasted into the early morning hours.An estimated 1,000 protesters splintered into several mobs that snarled traffic and had helicopters swarming around Manhattan like a war zone.At least 100 people were under...

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 4:05pm

Activists plan national shutdown to oppose police violence

Family members of people who have been killed by police are expected to gather with protesters in Union Square on Tuesday to rally against police brutality in a national day of action.Stop Mass Incarceration Network organized the rally following the shooting of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man,...

Monday, April 13, 2015 - 4:58pm

Town hall planned for Brooklyn Monday night

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and civil rights attorney Norman Siegel are hosting a town hall meeting Monday evening aimed at strengthening police and community relations.The talk, which starts at 6 p.m. Monday at the New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Ave. in East New York, was planned in...

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 4:56pm

Two Brooklyn cops attacked in Marlboro Houses stairwell; one suffers seizure

Two Brooklyn cops were released from a hospital Sunday morning hours after one was injured and a second had a seizure in an earlier stairwell confrontation with four men in a housing project in Gravesend.The action went down inside 2294 W. 8th St. on the third floor of the Marlboro Houses building...

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 8:45pm

Selma comes to Brooklyn on Saturday

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the historic marches in Selma that paved the way for the civil rights movement and the passage of the Voters Right Act.Civil rights attorney Norman Siegel and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams want to bring the spirit of Selma to New...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 4:07am

Artists invoke Dante de Blasio to keep police, race conversation alive

The weather might have cooled off weeks of protests and raging tensions between New Yorkers and the men and women who police them, but the a new exhibit in Harlem aims to show that the realities of being a young black man are still the same.Ten faces of young boys adorn a gallery space on a quiet...

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 8:00am

Families of New Yorkers killed by police plead Gov. Cuomo to assign special prosecutors

Surviving family members of 18 New Yorkers killed by police want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to wield his executive power to help prosecute cops who use excessive deadly force.The 20 mothers, fathers, siblings and close family members praised said they were disappointed in the lack of police accountability."...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 5:57pm

Protest band Pussy Riot releases song, video tribute to Eric Garner

The feminist punk band jailed for protesting Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2012 dove into American politics on Wednesday releasing a music video that includes the death of Staten Island man Eric Garner."I Can't Breathe" is a haunting track that takes its name from Garner's last words after he...

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 4:08am

After Ferguson, specter of police violence haunts Philly

A public meeting on community-police relations turned into an occasion for Philadelphians to express anger over the December killing of a black man by police, still an open wound for many.“We want justice,” said Tanya Brown-Dickerson, mother of 26-year-old Brandon Tate-Brown, who was killed by...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 6:47pm

“Philly After Ferguson” town hall to be held Wednesday

A panel of law enforcement and community leaders, including deputy police commissioner Kevin Bethel and others, will be speaking at a town hall meeting Wednesday night on the ongoing issue of police-community relations.The “Philly After Ferguson” event, organized by local journalist Christopher...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 4:29am

Judge considers releasing Garner grand jury information

Civil rights groups, public officials and the New York Post on Thursday pressed a Staten Island judge to release grand jury testimony that could show why a Staten Island panel failed to indict Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in connection with the August death of Eric Garner.The ruling has the...

Friday, February 6, 2015 - 4:25am

Bronx students hear first-hand accounts of civil rights movement

High school students growing up in the Bronx today face a different set of struggles than teenagers during the civil rights era who marched, rode, sat in and died for equal rights, says Kamrin Pressley, 14, a ninth grade student and student council president at Harry S. Truman High School. “They...

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 1:57am

Bratton launching anti-terror unit, increasing police in local precincts

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Thursday a new unit of 350 police officers will respond to terror threats -- and protesters.“It is designed for dealing with events like our recent protests, or incidents like Mumbai and what just happened in Paris,” said Bratton, speaking a police foundation...

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 5:19am