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N.Y. Police Evidence Request Furthers Grand Jury Debate

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New York City Public Advocate Letitia James and the New York Civil Liberties Union asked a judge to release secret grand jury evidence tied to the police killing of a black Staten Island man in July, amid questions across the U.S. as to how such proceedings are conducted.

The secrecy surrounding the grand jury’s decision not to indict a white officer in the choking death of Eric Garner, whom police suspected of illegally selling loose cigarettes, stands in contrast to the reams of documents made public in a grand jury probe of a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.