Police Reform Campaign Responds to Civilian Complaint Review Board Substantiating Complaint against Officer Who Killed Eric Garner

In response to reports that the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board substantiated a complaint against Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who killed Eric Garner, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Carolyn Martinez-Class.

“The CCRB should be applauded for moving forward to substantiate charges against Officer Pantaleo, something that the NYPD should have done long ago. The NYPD has continued to drag its feet and has failed to take any action against the officers who killed Eric Garner more than three years ago, and continues to stall the scheduling of the disciplinary trials for officers involved in killing Ramarley Graham over 5 years ago. It shouldn’t take the police department over three or five years after an incident of brutality, especially when civilians are unjustly killed, to hold officers accountable. Pantaleo should have already been held accountable and fired, and the numerous other officers involved in killing Eric Garner, Ramarley Graham and other police violence cases must also be held accountable by the de Blasio administration. The de Blasio administration should ensure that the disciplinary trials against Pantaleo and other officers involved move forward swiftly, and that the NYPD stops delaying the trials against the officers charged years ago in the killing of Ramarley Graham – Sergeant Scott Morris and Officer John McLoughlin.”

About Communities United for Police Reform

Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) is an unprecedented campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York, and to build a lasting movement that promotes public safety and policing practices based on cooperation and respect– not discriminatory targeting and harassment.

CPR brings together a movement of community members, lawyers, researchers and activists to work for change. The partners in this campaign come from all 5 boroughs, from all walks of life and represent many of those unfairly targeted the most by the NYPD. CPR is fighting for reforms that will promote community safety while ensuring that the NYPD protects and serves all New Yorkers.

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