#ICantBreathe = Last words of Eric Garner.
What is your life? It is even a vapor,
that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.
New Testament James 4:14
There are really no words - or breath left to speak words - after the non-decision of a New York Grand Jury in the tragic death of Eric Garner, who was killed by a cop while in a stranglehold on a public sidewalk. The whole thing was caught on film from the first interaction to his dying breath, yet to the bafflement of the world, no indictment against the cop was brought by the Grand Jury. Once again a prosecutor chose to protect law enforcement instead of enforcing the law.
And it's been another sad day for our country as we grieve another senseless death at the hands of the police, the death of a man who was selling cigarettes on the city streets. He wasn't a thug, he wasn't being violent. There was no danger for the cop who killed him. There is no instant death sentence for resisting arrest.
We have to solve this, and soon.
Eric Holder has announced an investigation into the Garner case, as well as in Ferguson for the victim Mike Brown. Until there is some kind of justice and cops are held accountable by somebody somewhere, protests are going to fill the streets of our country. Tonight thousands flooded into the streets from New York to Seattle, and Reverend Al Sharpton has called for a march on Washington on December 13th. It would be nice to have some sense of resolution of all these racially motivated cop shootings by Christmas, but the thin blue line is into protecting itself these days and most politicians don't seem to give a damn.
1) NYPD prohibits chokeholds. 2) Coroner ruled Eric Garner's death by NYPD chokehold a "homicide." 3) Grand Jury lets cop who killed him go.— Philip Gourevitch (@PGourevitch) December 3, 2014
Keep in mind that #EricGarner's "death penalty" offense was selling loose cigarettes— Jacqueline Hines (@JacquelineHine1) December 3, 2014
Eric Garner's racist killer Daniel Pantaleo, had at least 2 civil rights lawsuits against him. Didn't matter. pic.twitter.com/JHan2lMzgc— Kirsten West Savali (@KWestSavali) December 3, 2014
De Blasio: "This is now a national moment of grief, a national moment of pain and searching for a solution" pic.twitter.com/Ya9V3pBpO2— Jim Dalrymple II (@JimDalrympleII) December 3, 2014