Statement From A.G. Schneiderman

News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2016

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STATEMENT FROM A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN

NEW YORK - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released the following statement:

Ms. Danner's death is a tragedy that never should have happened. From the moment my office received the news, our Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit commenced a rigorous review of the evidence. I believe there is no question this case must be investigated. However, the legally empowered prosecutor must take the lead. After reviewing the available facts and evidence, our Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit has determined that this incident falls beyond my office’s jurisdiction under the Governor’s Executive Order No. 147, which grants my office jurisdiction only under limited circumstances.

It is vital to note that this jurisdictional determination has no legal impact whatsoever on the ultimate question of whether or not a crime was committed, or whether the officer involved should be prosecuted.  That determination rests with the Bronx District Attorney’s office, which we expect will conduct a full and fair investigation.

We will continue to monitor the situation.