When Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced in January that he would not press charges against NYPD officers involved in the killing of Eric Garner in July 2014, he noted that his office had focused on institutional failures and deficiencies in the New York Police Department during a four-year investigation. Last week, Manhattan’s likely next district attorney, Assistant DA Alvin Bragg, leveled a different accusation.
“At the moment I have the time, I would like to ask the NYPD what changes they’ve made,” he said. “I think our country still has a lot of work to do on these issues.”
Bragg, who is likely to be elected in November, said he feels it was important to follow up on the city’s decision not to bring charges against the officers. He made a similar point in April when Vance announced that his office wouldn’t indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the Garner killing because, as Vance said, Garner was not given the opportunity to surrender.
On Monday, I spoke with Bragg about his tenure in the Eric Garner case.