ADL Statement on Grand Jury Decision in Eric Garner Case

New York, NY, December 4, 2014 … In response to a Staten Island grand jury’s failure to issue an indictment in the Eric Garner case, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today said the decision “reminds us that the problems we face as a nation transcend Garner and Ferguson,” and that our nation “must all come together to address the persistence of racial bias.”

Evan R. Bernstein, ADL New York Regional Director, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and now here in New York are a wake-up call reminding us that the problems we face as a nation transcend these individual cases. We must all come together to address the persistence of racial bias.

Now more than ever, we must confront the prejudice and bigotry that still tarnish our society and ensure that we have a justice system that all Americans can trust.

We welcome the strong statements by Mayor Bill DeBlasio and the NYPD expressing their commitment to rebuild public trust and work together for justice in order to build the kind of city – and nation – we need to be. We are committed to that task and stand ready to work with our partners.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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