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LDF Among Many Voices After Grand Jury Decision in Eric Garner Choking Death by Staten Island Police Officer

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The New York Times is monitoring reactions and events as they unfold in the aftermath of the grand jury decision to not indict  Staten Island police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choking death of Eric Garner.

LDF is among the reactions:

4:05 P.M.  NAACP Legal Fund Calls Decision ‘Horrific’

A top official from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. called the grand jury decision “horrific” and “extraordinarily disappointing,” and described it as part of a broader problem exposed by the shooting death of a black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

“It’s indicative of this presumption of criminality of black people, and black men in particular, that plagues our society,” said the official, Janai Nelson, associate director-counsel of the fund. “I’m hoping that the frustration and anger and outrage that results from yet another miscarriage of justice will be channeled toward really exposing how this bias affects our entire criminal justice system, and that we can really get some reform.”