Will Garner Replace Brown?

Grand Jury Declines To Indict NYPD Officer In Eric Garner Death

Some thoughts, now that I’ve calmed down a little.

How does a prohibited, aggressive choke-hold on an unarmed, peaceful man that leads to his death not constitute manslaughter in the second degree? How is such an act not even brought to trial? Unlike the Brown case, there is no doubt about what happened – we can see it with our own eyes.

This is a case that might – just might – bring people together to force some kind of change. I note Allahpundit’s dismay at this decision and expect many other conservatives and libertarians to speak up about this. The cop had no reason to fear anything, let alone his life; he acted outside approved police procedures; and the father and grandfather is dead – and all because he might have been selling cigarettes without taxes applied! All of it is caught on video – by a dude who was – yes! – later indicted on a gun charge! Nick Gillespie has more on the campaign to prohibit selling loosies in New York City, and the inability of police departments to apparently regulate how their beat cops interact with civilians.

The key now is for the protests to be bigger and calmer than Ferguson and across the political spectrum. And for the DOJ to take a look. If cops can get away with this kind of thing, even when there’s direct video evidence, why would body cams make any difference at all?

(Photo: People stand around the beauty salon where Eric Garner was killed on July 17 by a police officer who put him in a choke hold on December 3, 2014 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. A grand jury announced today that they decided to not indict New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death. By Andrew Burton/Getty Images.)