Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Grand Jury Doesn't Indict Officer in Death of Eric Garner

The failure by a grand jury to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY, is a disgrace, a profound miscarriage of justice. After a brief exchange regarding the possible selling of loose cigarettes, the police jumped Garner, whereupon Pantaleo placed him in a chokehold, banned by the NYPD in 1993. The NYC medical examiner ruled the death a homicide resulting from the chokehold. Garner himself repeatedly pleaded, "I can't breathe!" What part of those three words didn't the police understand? After the failure of another grand jury to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown, one watches the following two videos of Garner's death with a terrible sense of déjà vu.  One wonders how the jury didn't find probable cause that a crime was committed. One also wonders what it takes, if anything, for an officer to be indicted in the death of a black person. The first video shows events leading up to the chokehold, the second shows Garner not breathing for seven minutes. Watch:

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