Assemblymember-Elect Rodneyse Bichotte Statement on the Grand Jury's decision not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for his role in the death of Eric Garner

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Assemblymember-Elect Rodneyse Bichotte issued the following statement in response to a Staten Island grand jury's decision not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for his role in the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island last July:

 

"Today's announcement that the grand jury will not indict Officer Pantaleo is unsettling and comes on the heels of a similar decision in Ferguson. My heart and prayers are with the Garner family, Mr. Garner's community, and the men and women who again are left wondering how our justice system works after today's decision. Though this is not the end of the story on Mr. Garner's death--Officer Pantaleo still faces internal discipline in the NYPD and the family can still bring a civil suit against the NYPD and the City--the grand jury's decision closes the door on one path that Mr. Garner's family had sought for justice and closure over his death.

 

I know many will want to protest the grand jury's decision, and those voices must be heard. Those voices are essential to our City coming to terms with where we stand on issues of public safety and community interaction with law enforcement. As I stated after the Ferguson decision, we owe it to our communities, our families and our children to make our voices heard in a constructive and peaceful manner.

 

As the incoming Assembly Member, my goal is to eliminate any acts of injustices and promote cultural competences that will prevent violence and needless loss in our community. We need safe streets and proactive policing that's done in an equitable fashion--all people protected the same, and without any one group of people afraid to seek help of police or deal with the men and women sworn to protect them. While we face a watershed moment of asking ourselves the unavoidable questions--'When is enough, enough? When will we see real reform and real redress for the losses our communities have suffered?'--progress, as always, starts with an honest dialogue between our community and the NYPD. It is the first step in our our ability to work hand-in-hand with each other."

 

 

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Assemblymember - Elect Rodneyse Bichotte represents the 42nd Assembly District in the New York State Assembly representing Brooklyn communities of Ditmas Park, Flatbush, East Flatbush and Midwood. 


 

As the current Assemblymember- Elect and District Leader, Rodneyse Bichotte has been outspoken advocate on issues concerning immigration, unemployment, education reform, health care access, senior citizen centers, affordable housing, women's and LGBTQ rights, as well as other issues affecting the quality of life in the community.

 

Rodneyse Bichotte by visiting her website at www.rodneysebichotte.com.

 

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