Messy…Lawyer Demands Eric Garner’s Kids Take DNA Tests Before Dividing $7M Settlement
A lawyer for Eric Garner’s 2-year-old love child has demanded that the rest of Garner’s children undergo DNA tests to prove that they are his offspring in order to access the $7 million settlement associated with their father’s tragic death in 2014.
According to the New York Daily News, attorney Lorraine Coyle, who represents the toddler Legacy Miller, made the shocking request because Garner’s name does not appear on the birth certificates for the other children.
Jonathan Moore, the Garner family’s lawyer, called the demand for a DNA test “offensive.”
“Why do that when there’s no reason to do that? Everyone knows they are his children,”Moore told the Daily News. “I don’t think [Coyle] would have said this if the Garner family had a different complexion,” he added.
However, Coyle, who is white, says she is just doing her “due diligence.”
At this time, none of Garner’s children have been given any settlement money some fourteen months after it was reached, the newspaper noted.
Tulsa Police Officer Responsible For The Shooting Death of Terence Crutcher Released On Bond
The Oklahoma police officer charged with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher has been released on $50,000 bond. According to CNN, Officer Betty Shelby was released hours after turning herself in. The Crutcher family calls her arrest a “small victory.”
“The chain breaks here. We’re going to break the chains of police brutality,” Tiffany Crutcher added. “We know the history.”
Yet, Shelby’s lawyer believes this is a rush to judgement. “I’m a little bit shocked about how quickly she was charged,” attorney Scott Wood said.
If found guilty, Shelby could face four years life, CNN noted.
As reported earlier, Crutcher was shot and killed by the Tulsa police when his car stalled last Friday night. The police falsely stated that the 40-year-old father of five wouldn’t show his hands and believed to be a threat, but according of released video of the shooting shows that was untrue. His hands were in the air.
President Obama Says Discrimination In The Justice System Should Be a Concern For All
In an exclusive interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, President Obama stressed that widespread discrimination within America’s justice system is an issue that everyone must care about.
According to Blavity, POTUS made these comments before the opening of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture on Saturday.
“It’s unrealistic to think that somehow that all just completely went away, because the Civil Rights Act was passed or because Oprah’s making a lot of money or because I was elected president. You know, that’s not how society works. And if you have hundreds of years of racial discrimination it’s likely that the vestiges of that discrimination linger on. And we should acknowledge that and own that,” he said.
And while President Obama didn’t speak specifically to the shootings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, he did mention that America cannot turn a blind eye to police brutality in this country.
“If you have repeated instances in which the perception is at least that this might not have been handled the same way were it not for the element of race, even if it’s unconscious … Then I think it’s important for all of us to say, ‘We want to get this right. We want to do something about it,'” he said.