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NY Daily News Makes Huge Statement With Front Page On Eric Garner Decision


“Nobody did nothing.”

A bit later, the cops and medics finally decide to get Garner into an ambulance.

COP: “We’re going to try to get him up on the stretcher. It’s going to take like six of us.”

They hoist him up and literally drop him onto a gurney. Or at least the left side of him. One cop catches his legs falling off. Another holds Garner’s shirt, apparently to keep the rest of him from rolling off the gurney. Garner’s belly is exposed. He appears to be unconscious.

VOICE: “Why nobody do no CPR?”

VOICE: “Nobody did nothing.”

COP (as he walks by): “Because he’s breathing.”

The camera turns to Pantaleo, about 20 feet away. He waves and steps out of the picture. The camera shifts back to Garner strapped to the gurney and being wheeled away …

As he lay dying, he was treated like a piece of meat. By Pantaleo. By the other cops on the scene. Even by the medical technicians. Had Garner been treated with basic human dignity after he was violently, and needlessly, taken down, he might not be dead.

more, bring kleenex:

they "won"


These are New York's finest lettin' it all hang out.

I love how they believe it's unusual for a cop not to be charged in a killing of an unarmed citizen. If only ...

Charles Blow:'Black Men-Supported by people who understand their plight are saying WE CAN'T BREATHE'

The Perfect-Victim Pitfall
Michael Brown, and Now Eric Garner

At some point between the moment a Missouri grand jury refused to indict a police officer who had shot and killed Michael Brown on a Ferguson street and the moment a New York grand jury refused to indict a police officer who choked and killed Eric Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk — on video, as he struggled to utter the words, “I can’t breathe!” — a counternarrative to this nation’s calls for change has taken shape.


Reality doesn’t bend under the weight of wishes. Truth doesn’t grow dim because we squint.
We must acknowledge — with eyes and minds wide open — the world as it is if we want to change it.

In this most trying of moments, black men, supported by the people who understand their plight and feel their pain, are saying to the police culture of America, “We can’t breathe!"


oh my PLEASE read the WHOLE thing:

USA: "Nearly 2 times a week a white police officer killed a black person during a 7-year period"

"Nearly 2 times a week in the US, a white police officer killed a black person during a 7-year period ending in 2012"

WASHINGTON — Nearly two times a week in the United States, a white police officer killed a black person during a seven-year period ending in 2012, according to the most recent accounts of justifiable homicide reported to the FBI.

On average, there were 96 such incidents among at least 400 police killings each year that were reported to the FBI by local police. The numbers appear to show that the shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., last Saturday was not an isolated event in American policing.

The reports show that 18% of the blacks killed during those seven years were under age 21, compared to 8.7% of whites. The victim in Ferguson was 18-year-old Michael Brown. Police have yet to identify the officer who shot him; witnesses have said the officer was white.

While the racial analysis is striking, the database it's based on has been long considered flawed and largely incomplete. The killings are self-reported by law enforcement and not all police departments participate so the database undercounts the actual number of deaths. Plus, the numbers are not audited after they are submitted to the FBI and the statistics on "justifiable" homicides have conflicted with independent measures of fatalities at the hands of police.


Federal Government To Investigate Eric Garner Chokehold Case

Source: Buzzfeed

A Staten Island grand jury Wednesday declined to charge an NYPD officer who killed the unarmed Garner with a chokehold. Attorney General Eric Holder told New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio that the federal government will now investigate.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeednews/new-york-braces-for-decision-on-charges-in-eric-garner-choke

CBS News ✔ @CBSNews
BREAKING: Department of Justice to investigate NYPD chokehold death of Eric Garner after grand jury declines to indict police officer
3:08 PM - 3 Dec 2014

DOJ to open criminal civil rights investigation into Eric Garner's death

The Justice Department will open a criminal civil rights investigation into the death of Eric Garner, a department official confirmed to CBS News.

The announcement follows the news that a grand jury in New York declined to return any charges against the New York City police officer who used a chokehold on Garner, who died after the confrontation.


"I... ...Can't... ...Breathe"


Fox Reacts To Garner Decision: ‘Hope Nothing Happens In NYC… We’ve Got The Tree Lighting Ceremony’

Today, a grand jury decided not to indict David Pantaleo, the police officer who killed Eric Garner with an illegal chokehold. Moments after the decision was announced, Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson expressed her deep concern about the outcome. Not concern that the police killed Garner, who was allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes, without facing legal repercussions. But concern that anger over the decision could impact a “the tree lighting ceremony” scheduled for that evening at Rockefeller Center.


Carlson’s worst fears may come true. The New York Times’ Mike Grynbaum reported that “The mayor’s appearance tonight at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting has been canceled.”

Video (I could not watch) and more:

A protest at Grand Central station in midtown Manhattan


ME TOO!!! Obama on Eric Garner: 'I'm not interested in talk, I'm interested in action.'

“This is an issue that we’ve been dealing with for too long...” Obama said. “I’m not interested in talk, I’m interested in action. I’m absolutely committed as president of the United States” to ensure equality before the law.

“We are not going to let up until we see a strengthening of the trust and a strengthening of the accountability” in the relationship between communities and law enforcement. He says law enforcement can only work “if everybody has confidence in the system.”

He calls discrimination “an American problem, and not just a black problem and not just a native American problem.”

“When anybody in this country is not being treated equally under the law, that’s a problem, and it’s my job as president to try to solve it.”

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