STATEN ISLAND – In a letter sent Monday — the eve of the four-year anniversary of Eric Garner’s death — the Police Department informed the Department of Justice (DOJ) it would begin “disciplinary proceedings” against the cops involved in the Tompkinsville police-custody fatality if feds do not announce their intentions in the case on or before Aug. 31.
The letter from Lawrence Byrne, the NYPD deputy commissioner of legal matters, was sent to DOJ Deputy Chief Paige Fitzgerald.
“The NYPD has come to the conclusion that given the extraordinary passage of time since the incident without a final decision on the U.S. DOJ’s criminal investigation, any further delay in moving ahead with our own disciplinary proceedings can no longer be justified,” the letter reads.
“Understandably, members of the public in general and the Gamer family in particular have grown impatient with the fact that NYPD has not proceeded with our disciplinary proceedings,” the letter states.
The NYPD letter says it will begin those proceedings “on or promptly after September 1, 2018” against officers involved in the 43-year-old father’s death at Bay Street and Victory Boulevard in 2014.