NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) - On Friday afternoon in Lower Manhattan, retired members of the NYPD from various communities met with the NYPD's new Inspector General, Phil Eure, as well as the Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters for more than two hours.
The retired detectives came to express their concerns regarding the NYPD as well as for the overall accountability surrounding those involved in the Eric Garner case.
The 43-year-old Staten Island man died on July 17th while being detained by the NYPD. The Medical Examiner ruled that Garner died from a chokehold administered by the arresting officer.
After the meeting, the retired NYPD detectives addressed the media, at one point even reading out the potential charges.
There was one initiative that everyone present at the meeting agreed on: they all want justice for Eric Garner, even if it means that the NYPD may ultimately be found guilty for their own actions.
"I hope and pray that this new Inspector General can really make some changes and change the culture inside the police department, otherwise it's a waste of time, it's a waste of money and it's a waste of energy," said Charles Billups of the Grand Council of Guardians.
Graham Witherspoon of the Black Law Enforcement Alliance shared his own personal experience of investigating cops in the past. "As a detective, I investigated police officers. I sent a rookie cop to prison for raping a 15-year-old girl. I sent a PBA delegate to prison for brutalizing a man and maiming him, police officers do commit crimes."
Witherspoon, who rattled off the potential charges, then added, "If 1% of NYPD is bad, we have a serious crime problem."
Retired NYPD Detective Carlton Berkley said that the entire group should be punished. "All of the officers that participated in the death of Eric Garner, all of them, should be disciplined and we're not going to accept anything less."
Berkley also addressed the comments made by PBA President Pat Lynch earlier in the week criticizing the Medical Examiner's ruling. "And as far as Lynch saying that Rev. Al doesn't speak for everyone, well I would like to see Pat Lynch come to our communities and speak to the communities himself."
PIX11 News also spoke exclusively with Public Advocate Leticia James.