Statement of The Legal Aid Society re: the 2d Department’s decision today affirming Judge Garnett’s decision denying disclosure of the Garner grand jury minutes:
“We are disappointed with the Court's decision and will continue to fight for the release of this proceeding. Transparency and accountability are the only way this City can begin to heal from the tragedy of Eric Garner's death.”
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The New York Times carried an editorial today on Justice Alice Schlesinger’s ruling to release the summary of substantiated misconduct findings against Police Officer Pantaleo. The Legal Aid Society successfully brought the case.
New York County State Supreme Court Judge Alice Schlesinger ordered the release of a summary of misconduct findings against Offocer Daniel Pantaleo, which had been sought by The Legal Aid Society under the Freedom of Information Law.
On July 17, 2015, the one-year anniversary of Mr. Garner’s death at the hands of Officer Pantaleo, the Court granted our Petition, ordering the CCRB to release a summary of substantiated misconduct for Officer Pantaleo. The Court held that the summary we requested was not a “personnel record” under the definition of Civil Rights Law 50-a (the FOIL exemption/Gissendanner statute).
Political leaders, tenants and Legal Aid attorneys rallied outside the Clarkson Street Homeless Shelter last week to pressure the City and the landlord to keep residents from being removed from their homes.
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