Sanford “Sandy” Rubenstein at a protest in New York’s One Police Plaza on May 7, 2008. At the time Rubenstein was representing the family of Sean Bell, the Queens man shot and killed by police on November 25, 2006. (Photo: Thomas Altfather Good / NLN)
NEW YORK — October 11, 2014. Earlier this week attorney Sanford Rubenstein’s law firm filed a “notice of claim,” indicating the firm’s intent to sue NYC for $75 million, on behalf of the family of Eric Garner. Garner died while being arrested by NYPD officers (the death was ruled a homicide by the NYC Medical Examiner) on July 17, 2014. Also this week – Rubenstein was accused of rape by a top official of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. Rubenstein denied the claim but is no longer representing the Garner family, having withdrawn from the case – Sharpton has yet to announce who will represent the family in the pending litigation. Police are investigating the rape claim.
Thomas Altfather Good is editor of NLN and a member of the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981