Eric Garner’s Mother Testifies At Congressional Hearing On Police Misconduct

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September 19, 2019 - 6:48 pm
Gwen Carr

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WASHINGTON (WCBS 880) — Eric Garner’s mother was on Capitol Hill on Thursday testifying before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on police misconduct.

“My thought is today, how come no one was held accountable,” said Gwen Carr during the hearing.

She was invited to testify by Ron Davis, former director of the U.S. Department of Justice Cops Office, who is pushing for the passage of the “End Of Racial Profiling Act Of 2019.”

“No one was held and charged for my son’s death,” Carr said. “Not only the officer that murdered my son – but all the officers who were on the scene, need to stand accountable for his death that day.”

NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo was fired for putting Garner in a fatal chokehold, but a grand jury and federal prosecutors both declined to bring charges against him.

An NYPD supervisor on the scene also agreed to forfeit 20 vacation days to settle the discipline trial against her stemming from the 2014 chokehold death.

David also testified, asking the House Judiciary Committee not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

“I remind you that in New York, it was firs the officers and their union that was against ‘Stop, Question and Frisk,’ but it was implemented nonetheless, and when it went bad, the officers were blamed,” he said. “Now, the Justice Department is advocating for return for those same types of policies. They’re ignoring the lessons of the past while ignoring the voices from the field, once again, placing officers and the community is untenable positions.”

The Rev. Al Sharpton was also in attendance as the group pushed to ban racial profiling by federal, state and local law enforcement.