In July, New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo choked unarmed black man Eric Garner to death, in broad daylight, while a bystander caught it on video. That is what American police do. Yesterday, despite the video, despite an NYPD prohibition of exactly the sort of chokehold Pantaleo used, and despite the New York City medical examiner ruling the death a homicide, a Staten Island grand jury declined even to indict Pantaleo. That is what American grand juries do.
'Just like Trayvon Martin, race mattered for Amadou Diallo, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Emmett Till, and [thousands] more we will never know the name of who died because of their skin color." ~ Angela Davis [click on this image to find a short video and analysis of racism in the criminal justice system] Source: Operation Ghetto Storm (http://mxgm.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Operation-Ghetto-Storm.pdf)
A Neutral Look at Police Brutality It's sad to see what's happening in America. Police are sworn to protect OUR Constitutional Rights however it seems the cast majority of them are trying to strip them away. Yes, I agree that not all police fall under this category, but it's becoming more and more common with NO REPERCUSSIONS. Must be nice to be above the law..
With the weight of the world's conscience behind outrage over the death and non-conviction, now you begin to see why there is a problem. If there is no fear of public perception, if there is no fear of repercussion in the brightest of media spotlight--what chance do individuals on dark streets have of being safe? Of having justice?