Front Page of Today’s NY Daily News Highlights Courageous Advocacy of The Legal Aid Society

Yesterday, over 30 organizations joined Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) in supporting The Legal Aid Society’s litigation to release the summary of substantiated CCRB complaints of Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who killed Eric Garner with a fatal, prohibited chokehold. Over 30 elected officials also filed a brief in support.

Today’s front page of the New York Daily News covers the issue. Staff Attorney Cynthia Conti Cook and Attorney in Charge of the Criminal Defense Practice Tina Luongo spoke at a rally on the steps of City Hall thanking our litigation partner Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP and all those who support our demand to release the summary.

The front page Daily News editorial rebuked New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s challenge to a court order that would give The Legal Aid Society access to records on the officer who put Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold two years ago.

Asking the mayor “What are you hiding?” in an editorial beginning on the front page, the publication said, “under his authority, city lawyers are waging a fight to impose an unprecedented and destructive level of secrecy on police discipline. If adopted by the courts, de Blasio’s position would end all public access to any and all information related to punishing cop misconduct.”

In July 2015 , Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Alice Schlesinger ordered the release of the records after we filed an Article 78 proceeding against CCRB and the NYPD for failing to respond to our FOIL request of the summary of Daniel Pantaleo. NYC appealed the court's ruling using flawed arguments that rely on NYS law 50-A. We are presently litigating the issue before the First Department.

Our briefs and the briefs of our supporters are attached.