published: 5 December 2016
Two years to the day after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict the cop who killed Eric Garner, The Rev. Al Sharpton demanded the City Council pass a bill illegalizing the chokehold maneuver the officer employed—a bill that Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has obstructed, and Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to veto.
Sharpton hosted Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, at his weekly Saturday gathering at the Harlem headquarters of his National Action Network.
In a wide-ranging speech, the controversial civil rights leader again laid into President-elect Donald Trump and argued that the selection of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General boded badly for the ongoing Justice Department investigation of Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who has remained on the force since ending Garner’s life.
Queens Councilman Rory Lancman’s legislation making the use of a chokehold a crime has 28 co-sponsors, representing a majority of the Council’s 51 members, but has remain stalled in committee due to opposition from the mayor and the speaker.