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John Nuthall


August 1, 2014

Reaction to medical examiner's findings in the death of Eric Garner

PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said: 

“Our sympathies and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mr. Garner.  Police Officers don’t start their days expecting or wanting something like this to occur in the performance of their duties. The ME’s report indicates that Mr. Garner was a man with serious health problems so there will have to be a complete and thorough analysis of all the factors that played a part in this tragedy.   We believe, however, that if he had not resisted the lawful order of the police officers placing him under arrest, this tragedy would not have occurred.  The NYC PBA stands firmly in support of all police officers who are put in these difficult circumstances.”

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The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York (PBA) is the largest municipal police union in the nation and represents nearly 50,000 active and retired NYC police officers.