NEW YORK — New York Working Families Party State Director Bill Lipton made the following statement in response to the miscarriage of justice on Staten Island today, where a grand jury failed to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the strangling death of Eric Garner:
“The deaths of Eric Garner and Mike Brown were tragedy. The grand jury decisions were farce. Once again, a black man is killed, and yet somehow, no crime has been committed. The pattern is maddening and familiar. Until the deaths of black mothers’ sons are as important as the deaths of white mothers’ sons, our nation has fallen short of the promises of equality and democracy for all.
We must erase the stain of racial injustice. We must change not just hearts and mind, but also public policies and public officials. Today, we rededicate ourselves to fighting for an America where all lives have equal worth in the eyes of the law.”