Eric Garner: No Justice for Murder in America

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Back in August we ran a story called Trumped Up in NYC about Ramsey Orta, a young man who filmed the police instigated choking death of his neighbor, Eric Garner, on Central Avenue on Staten Island. We asked where the justice was after it was found the police had followed Orta and his girlfriend around New York until they saw him walk out of a building known for drug dealers, arresting him as the pair left for buying a small bag of weed — Orta’s girlfriend also had a concealed weapon. Either way it was a targeted arrest as the police had no legal reason to harass Orta in the first place. After the arrest Orta didn’t go to jail though, he went to the hospital for “undisclosed medical reasons.” We can only guess what happened.

Clearly they had a score to settle with the man who filmed — and then uploaded — the video of Staten Island officer, Daniel Pantaleo, choking an unarmed citizen to death as he begged for air. Police don’t like it when you catch them killing the people they swore an oath to protect.

Well, as to be expected — especially after Ferguson officer, Darren Wilson, got off scott-free for killing Michael Brown last week — a grand jury has ruled not to indict Pantaleo for his gruesome — and fatal — behavior.

Also to be expected, while it does play an important role, CNN and the rest of the mainstream media is hyping the race aspect of this issue in an already volatile country:

“Garner, an unarmed black man, died in July after a white officer, Daniel Pantaleo, put him in a chokehold. Garner’s death was later ruled a homicide.” —

“The decision came barely a week after a grand jury found no criminality in the actions of another white police officer, Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Mo.” —

“A grand jury cleared a white police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man.” —

“A grand jury in Staten Island voted Wednesday not to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died after being placed in a chokehold.” —

“The family of an unarmed black man who was killed by a white New York City police officer earlier this year called for peaceful protests…after a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict the cop.” —

Attorney General, Eric Holder, announced a federal civil rights investigation will be conducted to review the case as protesters flooded the streets of the Big Apple chanting, “I can’t breathe,” and “no Justice, no peace!” Crowds at Grand Central Station laid in the middle of the road and played dead. Other major cities across the country are protesting in solidarity.

The timing of the decision is more than curious — as was Ferguson’s — this one being announced right before the streets of New York were due to be filled for the lighting of the tree at Rockefeller Center, right in the heart of Manhattan. It was a recipe for disaster, but luckily the protests up to this point have been peaceful, though arrests have been made.

“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.” —Esaw Garner, Eric’s widow.

Garner was arrested for being suspected of selling loose cigarettes. The video shows him begging the cops to leave him alone. According to Pantaleo he didn’t mean to choke him, but the video paints a much different picture as he holds his arm around Garner’s neck for quite some time as Garner audibly begs for air. Police officials claim what Pantaleo did — a fatal chokehold — was a common maneuver taught to and used by cops. They say Garner was in bad health, and that’s why he died.

By Olan Thomas of

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