Church continues to act in wake of recent grand jury decisions

A comprehensive list of bishops’ statements, responses

By ENS staff
Posted Dec 8, 2014

[Episcopal News Service] An interfaith coalition of clergy, including Episcopalians, gathered at St. Paul’s Chapel on lower Broadway in New York City Dec. 8 for a prayer service in advance of a walk to City Hall where they delivered a clergy-signed letter to elected officials in response to a Dec. 3 grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner.

The letter made the following requests of the elected officials,

  • To join us in calling on New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to automatically appoint a special prosecutor to investigate and prosecute all excessive force and wrongful death cases by police officers, and in particular, to immediately appoint a special prosecutor in the wrongful death of Eric Garner.
  • That the New York City Council would expedite a draft legislation making the chokehold illegal, with significant penalties for any officer who uses it (New York City police have been prohibited by department policy from using chokeholds for the past 20 years).

The New York grand jury’s decision came a little more than a week after a St. Louis County grand jury on Nov. 24 decided not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting death of Michael Brown.

Protests, sometimes violent, have continued throughout the nation in the wake of both grand jury decisions.

Also, Episcopal News Service has compiled a list of diocesan statements made in the aftermath of either or both of the grand jury decisions. The statements include:

Diocese of Arizona

Diocese of California

Diocese of Chicago

Diocese of Connecticut

Diocese of Fort Worth

Diocese of Kansas

Diocese of Long Island

Diocese of Massachusetts

Diocese of Milwaukee

Diocese of Missouri

Diocese of Nevada

Diocese of New Jersey

Diocese of New York

Diocese of Newark

Diocese of Northern Michigan

Diocese of Olympia

Diocese of Southern Ohio

Diocese of Springfield

Diocese of Texas

Diocese of Washington and Washington National Cathedral

Diocese of West Missouri

Diocese of Western New York

Diocese of Western North Carolina