Political leaders and activists held conference after no indictment of NYPD officerPosted by Mona Salama on December 8, 2014
After the ruling last Wednesday to not indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo on the incident that led to the death of Eric Garner, prominent race-baiters jumped to gain media attention and began bashing the police force national. Here are the back-to-back press statements from the political leaders and activists.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio responded quickly to the development with anger as he cancelled events such as the Rockefeller Tree Lighting ceremony. The mayor went to Staten Island to meet with elected officials and clergy members where he issued a statement about the grand jury results.
He gave a personal speech by promising to heal the strained relations between police and minority communities as majority of New Yorkers sees this case as racial injustice. Stating this was personal for him by using his bi-racial family for his public image. Using his son Dante, he describes how he and his wife “had talks with Dante about the dangers that he might face” from the police.
Continuing on he cites, “Black Lives Matter” as a phrase that should never have to be said, but its self-evident and history requires us to say it.” The mayor acknowledges the protest and urged New Yorkers to avoid violence and riots such as the ones he seen in 1991 as a staffer to former Mayor David Dinkins, the riots in Crown Heights.
President Obama addressed the decision while not mentioning too many details of the case. At the White House Tribal Nation, Obama said, “It’s an American problem and it speaks to the larger issues.” Adding on he stated the decision is a “concern on the part that many minority communities that law enforcement is not working with them…We are not going to let up until there is trust and accountability that exists between law enforcement and our communities.”
Attorney General Eric Holder announced that an investigation of Garner’s death has been going on for a while quietly to determine if civil rights were violated. Holder said, “This is one of several recent incidents that have tested the sense of trust that must exist between law enforcement and the communities they are charged to serve and protect. Both cases have put law-enforcement officers under a microscope on how they use excessive force to arrests minorities.”
Adding fuel to the fire was the leader of all leaders, Rev. Al Sharpton, an opportunist who only hurts a cause rather than to help. Declaring that this country is in a “national crisis” by comparing the New York events to Ferguson, Mo., the Veteran race-baiter announced an organized national march in Washington, DC for December 13. I don’t think if Dr. Martin Luther King was still alive that he would join this march, but career rioters will.
With all these players speaking about improving police-community relations, keep in mind that they seek to gain attention from this tragedy that wouldn’t have happened if Eric Garner didn’t resist arrest. Both Eric Garner and Michael Brown’s case shouldn’t be about race or discrimination or lumped together as a trend to protest and cause chaos. Race here is both irrelevant. The facts are that both broke and fought the law. Neither officers broke the law, they performed their duties as they swore they would when they become police officers. Both officers didn’t just wake up, head to work and intend to kill a black man that day. It’s tragic that two men died, but instead of bashing cops and protesting, why don’t the wasted energy go to chastising ones who actually break the law and commit the crimes, then maybe some real progress can be made.
Examine the facts first before acting on feeling then maybe the fog in your emotional mind will clear and the facts will show you exactly what NBA Hall of Fame Charles Barkley said is correct and that, “Cops are awesome, they’re the only thing in the ghetto separating this place from this place from being the wild, wild west“.
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