Faculty in the News

In the News: Professor Alvin Bragg

Faculty in the News

On Monday, August 10, Professor Alvin Bragg, Co-Director of NYLS’s Racial Justice Project, delivered oral arguments on behalf of the family of Eric Garner. The hearing—held virtually—drew widespread media coverage.

The family’s lawsuit seeks testimony by the Mayor, the NYPD, and the FDNY related to these claims:

  • Unlawfully leaking Mr. Garner’s alleged arrest history and medical history
  • Filing false official NYPD documents concerning Mr. Garner’s arrest
  • Making false statements in connection with the NYPD’s internal investigation of Mr. Garner’s death
  • The city’s deficient handling of discipline for misconduct relating to Mr. Garner’s death

A written decision is expected from the court in the near future.

Press Highlights

New York Daily News: “Six years on, ‘leaks, lies and no answers’ over Eric Garner’s death remain; family members and allies demand judicial inquiry to set the record straight”  

POLITICO New York: “In Garner suit, city argues it’s not obligated to discipline police misconduct

New York Law Journal: “Eric Garner’s family argues for judicial inquiry into his death; alleged cover-up by NYC government

Courthouse News: “City in Eric Garner Inquiry Claims NYPD Has No Duty to Discipline Officers