Sign the petition: Demand that Mayor de Blasio fire the cops who killed Eric Garner and Delrawn Small

Tell presidential candidate Mayor Bill de Blasio: The lives of Eric Garner and Delrawn Small matter. Fire the killer cops who murdered them.

The petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio reads:
"It's been nearly five years since NYPD officers murdered Eric Garner and three years since they murdered Delrawn Small.  Use your power to fire all of the police officers involved in their killings."

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Dear 5849376,

Tell presidential candidate Mayor Bill de Blasio: The lives of Eric Garner and Delrawn Small matter. Fire the killer cops who murdered them.

It's five years later and there's still no justice for Eric Garner. Three years later and still no justice for Delrawn Small.

The NYPD officers who killed Garner and Small are still on active duty and have yet to face any real consequences for their crimes. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has the power to fire them, but he is refusing to act. That needs to change now. De Blasio ran for mayor on a progressive platform promising more police transparency and accountability. Now, he is one of many Democrats who are trying to unseat Donald Trump in 2020, running, again, as a progressive.1

If Mayor de Blasio refuses to stand up for Black lives and continues to keep the NYPD officers who murdered Garner and Small on the city's payroll, he has no business calling himself a progressive, let alone leading the country. Speak out now to demand justice for the Garner and Small families.

Tell presidential candidate Mayor Bill de Blasio: The lives of Eric Garner and Delrawn Small matter. Fire the killer cops who murdered them. Click here to sign the petition.

Mayor de Blasio has the legal authority to fire New York City employees, including NYPD officers. But despite a massive public outcry, de Blasio has refused to remove Garner and Small's murderers from the city's police force. Instead, he is cowardly kicking the can to New York City's police oversight board, the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), to decide how the city should discipline these killers, forcing the Garner and Small families to relive these horrific tragedies in a public hearing. None of these officers are fit to protect and serve, and de Blasio doesn't need the CCRB to fire them. His inaction sends a clear message: Eric Garner and Delrawn Small's lives do not matter.

It's been nearly 5 years since Eric Garner pleaded for his life and cried "I can't breathe" 11 times as NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in a fatal chokehold. Other officers at the scene either physically restrained Garner, or watched and failed to intervene. Although Garner's death was ruled a homicide, a state grand jury allowed Pantaleo and other officers who engaged in misconduct to walk free. Last year, a New York judge finally referred Pantaleo's case to the CCRB after years of stalling by NYPD and Mayor de Blasio.2 Pantaleo's CCRB hearing ended on Thursday, and he refused to testify.3 He is still employed as a police officer, and the NYPD has a record of rewarding him with merit raises.4 That is unacceptable.

Two years after the killing of Eric Garner, off-duty NYPD officer Wayne Isaacs shot Delrawn Small three times in front of his family and killed him. Isaacs was driving erratically, endangering Small's family and other drivers on the road. Instead of calling an ambulance for Small, Isaacs told the 911 operator he was attacked and failed to mention that he shot someone who required immediate medical attention. Isaacs left Small to bleed out in the street. A New York judge acquitted Isaacs of all criminal charges in 2017.5 Early this year, the CCRB announced that it would open an investigation into the death of Small. Like Pantaleo, de Blasio has refused to fire Isaacs. It is appalling that he is still on active duty today.

No family should suffer losing a loved one at the hands of those charged with protecting them. Yet, over and over again, we watch the broken criminal justice system and leaders like Mayor de Blasio not only deny justice to victims of police killings and their families, but also protect and even reward these murderers. That needs to stop now.

Moral cowardice should disqualify de Blasio from holding any national office. As long as the killer cops who murdered Garner and Small are still employed by the city of New York, he will have a permanent stain on his record.

Tell presidential candidate Mayor Bill de Blasio: The lives of Eric Garner and Delrawn Small matter. Fire the killer cops who murdered them. Click the link below to sign the petition.

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/justicefor-ericgarner-delrawnsmall?t=9&akid=32836%2E3291973%2Eb7I9yc

Thanks for all you do,

Nicole Regalado, Campaign Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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References:

  1. Carmen Perez, "Bill de Blasio Can't Run for President as a Progressive If He Doesn't Fire Daniel Pantaleo," Common Dreams, May 17, 2019.
  2. Christina Carrega, "Judge to determine future for NYPD cop accused of killing Eric Garner with chokehold," ABC, June 6, 2019.
  3. Benjamin Mueller, "Police Move to Discipline Officer Involved in Eric Garner's Death," The New York Times, July 19, 2018.
  4. Carimah Townes, "The officer who killed Eric Garner got a big raise. The man who filmed him is in jail." ThinkProgress, Sept. 13, 2016.
  5. Ashley Southall, "Police Officer Found Not Guilty in Off-Duty Shooting of Unarmed Man," The New York Times, Nov. 6, 2017.

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