A few days ago I made the statement that all police should be equipped with body cameras, as a solution to the spate of police murders perpetrated against black men and children. When I’m wrong, I say so. Now we can see that, even if we have clear video, justice will STILL not be done.
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets across New York City and in other cities Wednesday evening after a Staten Island grand jury said it would not indict a white police officer in the death of a black man, a decision that prompted Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to announce the opening of a federal civil rights investigation.
The grand jury declined to bring charges in the death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old Staten Island man who died in July after a New York police officer placed him in an apparent chokehold during an arrest.
The decision struck many protesters as a chilling and frustrating repetition of events in Ferguson, Mo., where a grand jury last month said it would not indict the white officer who killed Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old. The Brown case ignited waves of protests and a national debate over the treatment that African American men receive at the hands of law enforcement officers…
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There is little doubt as to what happened. I passer by recorded it with his cell phone.
Any standard issue Mark II eyeball should be clear about that.
Chris Hayes and his panel discussed the background, the meaning, and the demonstrations.
This reminds me of an incident that happened here in Portland in 1985. It also shows just how blatant polics were in their lack of respect for human life and civilian authority over them
…Then Greg Cavic, a Shell gas-station attendant bearing a spooky resemblance to Kato Kaelin, walked over and started arguing with Stevenson. By the time police arrived, Cavic and Stevenson’s dispute had grown heated enough that Officer Bruce Pantley stepped between them. To this day, exactly what happened next remains a mystery. But the upshot was that Officer Gary Barbour put Stevenson in a "sleeper hold" for 15 seconds, and Stevenson’s heart stopped beating. None of the officers administered CPR, and Stevenson was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby emergency room.
That Barbour and Pantley overreacted was clear. So, too, was their violation of police rules that called for officers to apply CPR following use of the sleeper hold.
But the incident posed larger questions: Would the officers have reacted the same way if Stevenson had been white?
When District Attorney Michael Schrunk called a highly unusual public inquest, many questioned whether the panel would be anything more than a whitewash.
Against this backdrop of tragedy, two officers spat in the face of a city trying to grapple with these questions. On the very day Stevenson was buried, officers Richard Montee and Paul Wickersham sold as many as 30 T-shirts in the East Precinct parking lot, depicting a smoking gun and emblazoned with the slogan "Don’t Choke ‘Em, Smoke ‘Em.”
The black community was outraged… [emphasis added]
Inserted from <Willamette Week>
Click through for an excellent article.
Clearly cameras will not be enough. The prosecutors who depend on police for their career advancement need to be removed from the loop.
I did take a quick peek at the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise. Their take is that Garner was the only guilty one.