In response to allegations that she asked a high-ranking officer to fix a traffic ticket for her earlier this month, Gwen Carr (pictured) said Monday that the only thing she’s asked of the New York Police Department (NYPD) recently is for them to arrest the man who killed her son, Eric Garner.
“The only thing I have ever requested of the NYPD was what any mother would ask, which is the arrest for the killing of my son,” she said in a statement.
Carr made the statement through the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN), which has been working with the family in the aftermath of Garner’s death. Garner died in Staten Island this summer, after an officer put him in a chokehold following an encounter over his alleged sale of untaxed cigarettes. The grisly death was captured on video and went viral.
The family recently announced plans to file a $75 million suit against the NYPD and the city.
The New York Post reported Monday that Carr, 65, called Staten Island borough commander Edward Delatorre, after she was stopped for a cracked light on her 2006 Kia Sedona minivan on Oct. 21. The officers allegedly purchased a new bulb and made the repair themselves.
Also on Monday, SIlive.com reported that police launched an internal investigation in to that claim.
“I have never made any special requests of the NYPD and I have never had Assistant Chief Delatorre’s number,” Carr said in the statement.
The New York Post reports:
Before the ticket-issuing officer could get back to his station house, Carr called borough commander Edward Delatorre to complain, the sources said.
Delatorre had given Carr his phone number in the days after her son’s death in case she needed to contact him directly, a law-enforcement source said.
What allegedly happened next riled officers: according to the report, they allegedly fixed the vehicle themselves and gave Carr instructions on how to void the summons.
That lieutenant and a sergeant then acted as Carr’s personal pit crew and went shopping for a head lamp at an auto-parts store, sources said.
The cops drove with the new light to Carr’s home, where they made the fix themselves.
They even gave her the papers needed to void her summons. The ticket, which carries a maximum fine of $150, can be voided if it is fixed within 24 hours.
But Kirsten John Foy, NAN’s Northeast Regional Director, is skeptical of the charges, saying in the statement:
“This is a blatant attempt to make it seem like people are seeking a favor when they are trying to seek justice and this is clearly not the case. If it was thought that Ms. Carr had asked the commander to fix her ticket, he would and should have been fired for doing it. That’s how absurd this story is.”
Still, Carr said that she has no animosity toward police, adding she just wants justice for her son.
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