No indictment for NYPD officer…so here comes the anti-cop protestsPosted by Mona Salama on December 7, 2014
On Wednesday, a Staten Island grand jury chose not to indict an NYPD officer for using a chokehold move that killed Eric Garner, adding more fuel to the race-baiting fires lit across the nation.
Garner died on July 17 after he resisted arrest while officers attempted to handcuff him for selling loose untaxed cigarettes, commonly referred to on the New York City streets as “Loosies”. This fatal encounter was caught on video by numerous witnesses, showing the NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo putting Garner in a “chokehold”, a move that is prohibited by the NYPD’s policies and procedures but not banned nationally. Garner’s last words were “I can’t breathe” as it was heard numerous times on the video, words which can be seen as a ploy to get the officers to free him from restraint and try to attack.
Police are not barred by the law from using a “chokehold” during an arrest, but it’s a violation of the NYPD’s regulation policy. Medical examiners ruled the cause of death to be a “homicide” – a word used in clinical, not legal terms – based on the compression of the neck and chest, and prone positioning during physical restraint by police. However, the autopsy also attributed Garner’s death to his heart disease and asthma caused by his obesity.
The 23-member Grand Jury viewed the video and the medical examiner’s report that was used as evidence to determine not to indict the officer. They decided to not indict with the video evidence and medical examiner’s report that ruled the death a homicide. They voted that the officer didn’t break the law. They concluded the officer’s action showed no intent to harm and it was an unnecessary death due to Garner resisting arrest. They felt that Garner resisted arrest and the officer was doing his job with no intention to kill. Had Garner just followed the officers command, it would have been a different story.
Enough with the cop bashing.
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