— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) December 3, 2014
UPDATE @ 4:52 P.M.: Here’s Lee’s full statement:
“My heart continues to go out to Eric Garner’s family and community.
“I am, like so many others, outraged by today’s verdict. The Department of Justice should act immediately to investigate this tragedy and ensure justice is done.
“We cannot allow the senseless murders of black men to continue.
“These tragedies have been happening for many years. But the recent high profile cases of injustice for the families of Eric Garner and Michael Brown have and should spark a national debate and long overdue action to address the structural and institutional racial biases in our nation.
“In 2009, my community experienced a similar tragedy with the murder of Oscar Grant.
“I stand with those moved by this tragedy to peacefully make their voices heard and I urge police to respect people exercising their First Amendment rights.
“As a nation and community, we must come together like never before to take the long overdue action necessary to address police misconduct, criminal justice reform and ensure equal justice for everyone.”