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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of New York

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Statement By U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch On Federal Investigation Into Death Of Eric Garner

BROOKLYN, NY – United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta E. Lynch released the following statement regarding the federal investigation into the July death of Eric Garner of New York:

“Since the death of Eric Garner in July, our office has monitored this case closely. At the outset, informed by prior experience and in keeping with the standard practice in these types of cases in New York, the local investigation proceeded first. As the Attorney General explained earlier tonight, because the local investigation has come to a close, the Justice Department will now move forward with its own independent inquiry to determine whether federal civil rights laws have been violated. The investigation will be conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. The investigation will be fair and thorough, and it will be conducted as expeditiously as possible.”

Updated July 2, 2015