NYC pols react to Eric Garner decision
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Reaction to the grand jury’s decision not to indict Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Staten Island’s Eric Garner was swift in New York City.
Mayor Bill de Blasio canceled his planned appearance at the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting and headed to Staten Island, where he met officials, clergy members, and activists at Mt. Sinai United Christian Church.
“This is a deeply emotional day – for the Garner Family, and all New Yorkers. His death was a terrible tragedy that no family should have to endure,” de Blasio said in a statement. “This is a subject that is never far from my family’s minds – or our hearts. And Eric Garner’s death put a spotlight on police-community relations and civil rights – some of most critical issues our nation faces today.”
He said New York City has a proud tradition of non-violent protest.