N.Y. Lawmaker: City 'Leading the Revival' of Jim Crow-Era 'Occupation-Style Policing'
“It raises questions. And if it raises questions, then it should raise an inquiry. An inquiry means a trial. At least have the decency to give these people a trial. If you think that you can win a trial, take it to trial. To say that there’s not even enough doubt or questions to have a trial is problematic to me,” he added.
Democrats in New York’s capital city of Albany are not the only members of their party calling for legislative action.
Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) wants a federal response to the Garner case as well as the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
“We will not accept the continued devaluation of the lives of men and women who are African-American,” she said.
“After the killing of Michael Brown, in which the grand jury refused to indict the police officer responsible, the killing of Akai Gurley by a police officer in East New York, and similar incidents in every part of our nation, the time has arrived for us to demand reforms to law enforcement practices that are deadly for people of color.”
The Congressional Black Caucus, of which Clarke is a member, wants the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner to be invited to President Obama’s State of the Union address at the beginning of the 114th Congress.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) might be as geographically removed from the Eric Garner grand jury decision on Staten Island as any politician. But that didn’t stop him from calling for justice on MSNBC.
Paul thinks New York’s tax on cigarettes encourages the black-market economy that Garner was allegedly participating in when he was killed.
So, the way Paul’s logic works, New York politicians are as responsible as anyone for the death of the man whose last words were, “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.”
“For someone to die over breaking that law, there really is no excuse for it,” Paul said. “But I do blame the politicians for it. We put our police in a difficult situation with bad laws.”