Court rules that the public isn't allowed to see Eric Garner grand jury records
In heartbreaking news, a New York state court declined to release details from a grand jury investigation that led to police officer Daniel Pantaleo being cleared of wrongdoing in the death of Eric Garner during his chokehold arrest in Staten Island on July 17, 2014.
New York’s public advocate office, civil rights groups and their lawyers called for the release of grand jury minutes and materials including testimony transcripts, exhibits, and stats about certain grand jurors in order to understand what had happened, and why the jury decided to make the decision.
“The public interest in preserving grand jury secrecy outweighed the public interest in disclosure,” declared the ruling. In addition, the appellate division of the New York Supreme Court claimed that the lawyers did not establish a compelling reason for disclosure. Also cited were concerns for the jurors’ public safety and the potential for compromising an ongoing federal investigation into the incident.
facts about #blacklivesmatter:
#BlackLivesMatter is an American activist grassroots movement co-founded by three activists, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, that was formed after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin in 2013. The movement gained even more momentum and coverage after the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the acquittals of the police officers who killed them. Since there then have been multiple deaths of unarmed African-Americans (including but not limited to Tamir Rice, Eric Harris, Walter Scott and Freddie Gray) that have been championed by the movement.
In this month alone, there have been five black women who have died behind bars.
Public outrage regarding the death of a Zimbabwean lion at the hands of sport-hunting dentist has many activists wonder where the indignation is at for the loss of actual human lives.