Mayor Bill de Blasio and top NYPD officials will not have to testify in a judicial inquiry into how the city handled the police-custody death of Eric Garner, a judge ruled Friday.
Garner’s relatives and civil rights activists had sought to have de Blasio, former Police Commissioner James O’Neill, ex-Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and current Commissioner Dermot Shea testify to find out whether they properly investigated Garner’s 2014 death.
But Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Erika Edwards denied the request — as well as another seeking testimony from other city officials, including two deputy mayors and a pair of deputy commissioners, and the EMTs involved in the fatal Staten Island encounter.
Still, the parties will have to file affidavits if they “have personal knowledge of” Garner’s death or were part of the “decision-making process regarding whether to conduct an investigation or disciplinary charge,” the judge said.
The judicial inquiry into the handling of the case is set to be held in October.
A spokesman for the city Law Department said in an email to The Post on Friday that the de Blasio administration is “pleased” with the court’s ruling.
“There is no evidence that the Mayor or any other senior City official neglected their duties or violated the law,” the rep wrote.
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