Dem Sen. Gillibrand: I Will Ask Justice Department To Investigate Chokehold Death

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December 3, 2014 4:09 p.m.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) will urge the Department of Justice to investigate the death of Eric Garner in response to the news on Wednesday that the police officer involved in the chokehold incident resulting in Garner’s death wouldn’t be charged.

Gillibrand’s office released a statement quoting her saying she was “shocked” and would push for the Department of Justice to investigate the incident.

Here’s the full statement:

While this decision is shocking, I want to echo the statement of a wide range of leaders inside and outside of government who are urging that protests remain peaceful in the aftermath of this decision. The death of Eric Garner is a tragedy that demands accountability. Nobody unarmed should die on a New York City street corner for suspected low-level offenses. I’m shocked by this grand jury decision, and will be calling on the Department of Justice to investigate.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) also tweeted a similar statement.

This post has been updated.

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