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Statement on the Staten Island Grand Jury decision in the death of Eric Garner

“The Staten Island Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner is a decision that I disagree with, but will respect.

“This is yet another instance where the outcome is utterly, tragically out of proportion to the offense– in this case, for selling loose cigarettes on a commercial strip on Staten Island.

“As I said after the Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision, we need reforms, we need training, but mostly we as a country need to address our racial disparities and the very real and devastating actions that are the result. We need to demonstrate our outrage peacefully and constructively and move ahead to make change.”

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