More than a month after a grand jury decided against indicting Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who choked Eric Garner to death, advocates are requesting that jury records from the trial be made public. According to the New York Times, a date has been set to hear the case.
Garner’s death last July sparked a wave of protests across the nation, raising questions of racial inequality and shining light on issues of police brutality. Now folks are questioning the fairness of the tesimony. The Legal Aid Society; the New York Civil Liberties Union; Letitia James, the city’s public advocate; and The New York Post have asked that transcripts from the trail be unsealed.
On January 29, Justice William E. Garnett, of State Supreme Court, will hear the case that Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr hopes will provide answers regarding the lack of justice for her son’s death. “At least we’ll have some transparency and see what they were ruling on,” she told the Times.
However, Staten Island district attorney Daniel M. Donovan, Jr is decidedly opposed to the records being released, citing potential “adverse consequences” that Pantaleo could suffer “merely on the basis of an accusation.”
What about the consequences that Eric Garner suffered after being accused of selling cigarettes? We’re hoping that his family gets the transparency they’re looking for .