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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Resolution Condemning Staten Island Grand Jury For Failure To Issue Indictment In Death Of Eric Garner Among Items On Agenda For Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Meeting Tonight - Public Purpose Funds, Ethics, Community Polling, Liability Insurance, Storage And New Logo Too

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council will be meeting this evening at 8:00 PM in the Good Shepherd Community Center (543 Main Street).

 Image Of December 2014 RIRA Common Council Meeting

As always, prior to the start of each monthly meeting there is a public session in which residents can come and address the Common Council Delegates on any issue of concern.

All residents are encouraged to attend RIRA meetings.

Among the items on tonight's RIRA Agenda is:
Resolution Condemning Grand Jury Decision In Re: Eric Garner (Movant: Erin Feely-Nahem, PSC Chair).
 Image Of NYPD Attempting To Arrest Eric Garner From ABC News

As reported December 14, 2014:
The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Safety Committee (PSC) will discuss and vote on the proposed resolution below drafted by PSC Chair Erin Feely-Nahem::
The RIRA Public Safety Committee condemns the outrageous decision of the Grand Jury, under the direction of Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, to issue no indictments in the police killing of Eric Garner. It is a complete travesty of justice. Eric Garner was choked to death in a manner formally banned by NYPD after saying "I can't breath" no less than 11 times, all captured on video. At the very least there was criminally negligent homicide by the Officer directly involved and criminal indifference on the part of the other police and EMS personnel present. It is unacceptable to have a state-of-affairs where such conduct is legally validated or tolerated. In New York City and nationwide there have been countless cases like the killing of innocent, unarmed human beings like Eric Garner (usually but not always African-American) with no legal consequences for the police officers that were the perpetrators.

We want to add our small voice to the avalanche of outrage in New York, across the country, and worldwide. We pledge our support to the growing independent movement that will be necessary to turn this situation around, in this city, and in the United States as a whole.
Following the December 15 RIRA PSC Community Meeting with Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Director Jack McManus,  the RIRA PSC:
... approved by a 13 to 0 vote a proposed resolution condemning the decision by the Staten Island Grand Jury not to issue an indictment of the NYPD Officer in the choking death of Eric Garner. The resolution will be sent to the full RIRA Common Council for discussion at the January 2015 monthly meeting.
Below is the full Agenda for tonight's RIRA Common Council meeting.

UPDATE 1/8 - RIRA passed the resolution condemning Staten Island Grand Jury for not issuing an indictment in the Eric Garner case with some revisions to the original language of the resolution. Will have more on this later.