District Attorney Orders Special Grand Jury To Review Evidence In Eric Garner Case

August 19, 2014  |  

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Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan has decided to bring evidence from the Eric Garner case before a special grand jury. He confirmed his decision earlier today in a statement posted to the RCDA website. His full statement reads:

“Based upon the investigation that my office has conducted to date regarding the July 17, 2014, death of Eric Garner, and after a careful review of the recent findings of the Medical Examiner regarding the cause and manner of Mr. Garner’s death. I have determined that it is appropriate to present evidence regarding the circumstances of his death to a Richmond County Grand Jury.

Mindful of the solemn oath to enforce the law that I took when I was first sworn into office as District Attorney in January of 2004, and with a full appreciation that no person is above the law, nor beneath its protection, I assure the public that I am committed to conducting a fair, thorough, and responsible investigation into Mr. Garner’s death, and that I will go wherever the evidence takes me, without fear or favor.

Notwithstanding the keen public interest in this matter, to maintain the integrity of this investigation, and in furtherance of my obligations under Penal Law §215.70 to maintain the secrecy of Grand Jury proceedings, I will make no comment now, or during the period of time that the Grand Jury is convened, regarding the days that the Grand Jury will be sitting; who may be called as a witness before the Grand Jury; what any witness has or will testify about before the Grand Jury; when the Grand Jury will conclude its investigation; what criminal charges will be considered by the Grand Jury, or against whom the Grand Jury might consider any such criminal charges.”

Last month, Garner passed away after an NYPD officer placed him in an apparent chokehold.

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  • Cop Block

    There is no Criminal Law in the United States that orders a DA to convene a Grand Jury for determining whether a Crime is committed that is his job. A Grand Jury is a political tool used by cowardly DA’s who don’t want to press charges against someone because they are scared of losing their jobs.
    The secrecy behind a Grand Jury already tells you the story. Anyone can be on that Grand Jury and you would never know who it is because it is secret. A star chamber of usually ex-Law Enforcement officials. These people were never elected for anything or picked from the public pool of eligible voters. The could be bums off the street with no legal training looking at medical evidence to determine a crime when we all saw the Crime on videotape.

    Stop falling for this bs. Tell this DA to do his job and file charges for murder.