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Rep. Engel Says Garner Decision "Doesn't Pass the Smell Test"

Rep. Engel Says Garner Decision “Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test”

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the New York City Congressional delegation, joined with his colleagues in calling for a peaceful response to the Staten Island grand jury’s disappointing decision not to bring criminal charges in the death of Eric Garner.

“The men and women who serve in the New York Police Department have sworn to uphold and protect our communities. Most of them are heroes who work hard, and save lives. They serve admirably, and the few who do not should not tarnish the entire police force.

“I generally don’t question grand juries, but I have to say this doesn’t pass the smell test. There is going to be a lot of outrage about this, there is going to be a lot of people who rightfully feel that justice was not served. I hope that people who feel that way will be peaceful, not violent.

“The color of Eric Garner’s skin should not matter, but his death should. This is not a black issue, a white issue or a Latino issue.  It’s an American issue. It breaks my heart because we have worked hard in this country to bring people together. I want my kids to know that they live in a society where everyone is given equal treatment. That’s what our country is all about.”