The cop who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold back in July will not be charged for the killing. A grand jury reportedly decided on Wednesday not to bring charges against Staten Island NYPD officer, Daniel Pantaleo — even though Garner’s death was ruled a homicide by the New York City medical examiner.
Honestly, I’m shocked. Unlike the Mike Brown-Darren Wilson case, in which we didn’t know (and still don’t know) a lot of the actual details, Garner’s death seemed to be an obvious crime. The incident was even caught on video (which you can see below).
I expected the ruling in Ferguson; I didn’t expect this. The medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide caused by “compression of neck (chokehold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.” Garner’s family has filed notice it plans to sue the city on several grounds including wrongful death, pre-death pain and suffering, and civil rights violations.
The asthmatic 43-year-old father of six pled with police about his inability to breathe several times during the struggle that led to his death. In addition, the NYPD rules and guidelines explicitly prohibit chokeholds being used.
I don’t get it.
So basically a cop can kill a man on video, using a hold that was banned by their own department, and walk away without even an involuntary manslaughter charge?
Don’t wonder why black people are angry about this. Everyone should be angry. This isn’t a race issue — it’s about police officers overstepping their bounds, killing people and getting away with it.