JUSTICE FOR ERIC GARNER
As a society, we are always swift and generous with our praise for police officers and first responders.
We do this because we know the courage it takes to run towards danger when everyone else is running from it. We also do this because we know the fortitude it takes to remain calm and effective in the midst of chaos and confusion.
It is not a job for cowards.
Those involved in the murder of Eric Garner were cowards.
They choked the life out of him.
Then watched him die.
Plain and simple.
Why? My guess? Because he was a big black male who failed in his job of appearing non-threatening. I see men like Eric hustling on the streets everyday. They are routinely harassed by NYPD so this confrontation did not surprise me. What struck me is the callousness displayed by both the police and EMT workers as he lay dying on the sidewalk. It would seem yelling “I can’t breathe” numerous times is not enough to warrant medical attention. The entire scene was downright macabre. It reminded me of a 19th century lynchings in which fancy invitations were sent out, pictures were snapped and people stood, watched, smiled, laughed, and cheered as a black body hung from a tree limb and swung in the wind. In order to give CPR, one must be willing to give chest compressions and rescue breaths. From what I saw, NO ONE seemed interested in touching Mr. Garner as he lay there on the pavement dying, much less swapping fluids with him.
In the coming weeks, I imagine there will be much said and very little done in the direction of justice for Eric Garner. (Personally, I think there should be Federal investigation of the entire incident.) There will be an effort to confuse the situation “Did the choke hold REALLY kill him?” There will be an effort to assasinate Mr. Garner’s character…”He sold cigarettes illegally” (something legitmate businesses do all day long in NYC…in plain view of police officers…).
None of this will change the fact that Eric Garner was murdered on the streets of Staten Island, could have been saved with proper medical care and should be alive today.
Justice For Eric Garner!
The cowardly cop Daniel Pantaleo has had numerous ‘issues’ before (that we know/ have been disclosed).