What is really going on here? Another grand jury decided that New York police officer Daniel Pantelo would not be indicted in the death of Eric Garner. The back story is that on July 17th police officers approached Garner, suspecting he was selling cigarettes illegally. Garner was unarmed and held his hands in the air and told the police not to touch him. A video shows the cop putting him into a choke hold, pulling him to the ground and rolling him on his stomach. According to the NYC Police Department, they do not allow choke holds.
Garner repeatedly said “I can’t breathe!” but the officer continued to hold him.
Mr. Garner was pronounced dead that day and his death was ruled a homicide. However, the grand jury which was made up of 14 whites and 9 non-white jurors (according to reports) did not think it was worth indicting the officer. They claim they found no “reasonable cause” to move forward.
The people of NY from Soho to Brooklyn and in between are gathered in protest. Yelling out “What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now!” Garner’s wife Esaw, was among the protesters. She said, “This fight ain’t over. It just begun. I’m determined to get justice for my husband because he shouldn’t have been killed in that way. He shouldn’t have been killed in any way.” “”He should be here, celebrating Christmas and Thanksgiving and everything else, with his children and his grandchildren. And he can’t. Why? Because a cop did wrong. Somebody that gets paid to do right did wrong and he’s not held accountable for it. But my husband’s death will not be in vain. As long as I have a breath in my body I will fight the fight till the end.”
Federal officials have decided to move forward with a civil rights investigation.
Pantaleo released a statement: “I became a police officer to help people and to protect those who can’t protect themselves. It is never my intention to harm anyone and I feel very bad about the death of Mr. Garner. My family and I include him and his family in our prayers and I hope that they will accept my personal condolences for their loss.”
Quite frankly in my opinion he can shove that statement right up his rear.
I can’t fathom this jury’s decision. Why are there so many white people on the grand jury on every case that involves a black person being killed? I see so many people saying “Isn’t this America?” or ” I thought we were all created equal?” Do your history on America….and you will see we have NEVER been equal to certain people. It shows every day. Our people need to come together, educate ourselves with these “laws” and see just how we can stand against them. I will leave this post with this picture I saw today. It speaks volumes.
R.I.P Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Tamir Rice, Aiyana Stanley-Jones and the many others who are victims of police brutality/recklessness everyday.
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