Police officers involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner avoided criminal charges, and though the public has demanded answers as to how the officers are still free men, grand jury proceedings in the case will reportedly remain sealed.
On Thursday, N.Y.S Supreme Court Justice William Garnett ruled that releasing grand jury testimony and proceedings does not protect the jury’s secrecy.
Daily Mail reports:
He rejected arguments by the New York Civil Liberties Union and others that the public had a right to know why jurors refused to indict the officer in spite of the video.
He wrote that the law required the plaintiffs to establish a ‘compelling and particularized need’ to release the grand jury minutes.
The Staten Island judge’s ruling cited a handful of rare instances where New York courts authorized disclosure, but only to specific parties for specific reasons — not out of the public interest.
For example, a 2012 appeals court ruling authorized release of bank records from a grand jury proceeding to someone seeking a civil judgment against the United Arab Emirates.
We will continue to keep you updated as more details surface. For now, the Garner family remains in our prayers.
SOURCE: Daily Mail | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty