NEW YORK – On Thursday, October 18, Council Member Rory I. Lancman will host a film screening and panel discussion of “By Any Means Necessary,” a new documentary examining how and why Police Departments use force, like chokeholds, against non-violent minor offenders. “By Any Means Necessary,” directed and produced by first-time filmmaker Damian Kudelka, is told primarily through the lens of the Eric Garner tragedy.

At the conclusion of the film screening, Council Member Lancman, Damian Kudelka, Gwen Carr, and individuals featured in the documentary will take part in a panel discussion on policing practices, use of force, and the need for reform.

Council Member Lancman introduced legislation in the City Council to ban Police Officers from using chokeholds after the tragic death of Eric Garner in 2014. Despite opposition from the Mayor, Lancman has continued to advocate strongly for the legislation, and recently reintroduced it in the City Council.

Who: Council Member Rory I. Lancman

Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner

Damian Kudelka, Director and Producer of “By Any Means Necessary”

Arnie Kriss, Attorney and former former Chief Administrative Law Judge for the NYPD

Graham Weatherspoon, Retired detective with the NYPD

Corey Pegues, former commanding officer of the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn

What: Film Screening and Panel Discussion of “By Any Means Necessary”

Where: Central Library Auditorium

89-11 Merrick Blvd.

Jamaica, NY 11432

When: Thursday, October 18, at 6:00pm