De Blasio: Justice Department Will Investigate Chokehold Death

AP

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said that he received a call on Wednesday from Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch. Lynch and Holder, according to de Blasio, said that there would be a Department of Justice investigation into the death of Eric Garner.

“Just before the meeting began, leaders here on Stanton island, I received a phone call from attorney general holder and U.S. Attorney Loretta lynch, they made clear that the investigation initiated by the U.S. Attorney would now move forward and it would be done quickly with a clear sense of independence and that it would be a thorough investigation,” de Blasio said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

The call and de Blasio’s comments at the press conference followed news that no charges would be brought against the New York Police Department officer who put Garner in a chokehold.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) have both called for the DoJ to investigate as well.

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