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New York Mayor: Justice Department Not Dragging Feet on Eric Garner Probe

Eric Garner with his children, via National Action Network

Eric Garner with his children, via National Action Network

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Despite concerns about the pace of the investigation into the death of Eric Garner, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dismissed claims that the Justice Department is dragging its feet.

The mayor said he was notified by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch that the case was a top priority, but it also is complicated and requires meticulously obtained evidence, CBS reports. 

“No one is dragging their feet and we have to make sure the resolution afterwards is fair and just,” de Blasio said.

Garner died two years ago after police tried to arrest him for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. Garner told officers he couldn’t breathe after he appeared to be placed in a chokehold by a cop.

“The real issue in preventing these tragedies is working to make sure they don’t happen again in the future,” de Blasio said.

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FBI Investigating NYPD, 2 Businessmen with Ties to Mayor Bill de Blasio

nypd badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a potential corruption scandal involving the NYPD and two businessmen with close relationships to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The probe involves gifts and foreign trips that the businessmen may have given in exchange for favors, the New York Post reports.

The businessmen – Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg – are suspected of paying for airfare, hotel bills and gifts for some NYPD officials.

The trips were to places such as Israel, London, Las Vegas, Rome and the Caribbean. 

“A number of my members have been interviewed by federal investigators,” Captains Endowment Association President Roy Richter said. “All of them fully cooperated and were told they were not the targets or subject of the investigation.’’

Rechnitz denied wrongdoing.

“I have done nothing wrong and have not engaged in any inappropriate behavior with anyone connected to the NYPD,’’ Rechnitz told The Post. “Beyond that, I don’t have any comment.’’