The NYPD Internal Affairs Division is investigating a claim from a report that cops fixed a broken headlight for the mother of Eric Garner, police chokehold victim, after letting her get out of a ticket for having the broken headlight to begin with, The NY Post reported.
According to The Post, Garner’s mother, Gwenn Carr was pulled over after a routine traffic stop in her 2006 Kia Sedona minivan on October 21.
Sources told The Post that Carr, who has a pending $75 million lawsuit against the city, became angry and called the NYPD’s Staten Island borough commander, Assistant Chief Edward Delatorre. Delatorre reportedly gave Carr his phone number following her son’s controversial death involving the NYPD this July.
Delatorre reportedly made a number of phone calls which ultimately led to a lieutenant and a sergeant buying a replacement headlight with their own money and delivering it to Carr’s home, where the NYPD installed it on her minivan.
Additionally, according to the report, the police also gave Carr necessary paperwork to void her $150 summons, because the repair was made within 24 hours.
“The cops were ordered to do this,” a source told The Post. “They paid for it themselves. They did the work themselves and took care of the ticket.”
In a statement issued by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, Carr denied seeking a “favor” from cops over her “burnt out headlight bulb” and ticket.
“The only thing I have ever requested of the NYPD was what any mother would ask, which is the arrest for the killing of my son,” Carr said. “I have never made any special requests of the NYPD and I have never had Assistant Chief Delatorre’s number.”