Not another unarmed man killed by those whose salaries we pay. Not another death swept aside by grand jury proceedings. Not another black man killed on the street by police.
On the heels of the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., yet another racially tinged killing has taken place. And yet another grand jury has declined to indict a white police officer in the death of an unarmed black man.
But unlike the death of Michael Brown, the death of Eric Garner was videotaped and ruled a homicide by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office.
And yet, despite cell-phone videos chronicling Garner’s death, and lawsuits previously filed against the officer who choked him to death, and Garner wheezing “I can’t breathe” numerous times as he died, a grand jury decided not to indict anyone in his death.
The sad truth of this tragedy is that Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six who was in poor health even before he died, was not approached by the police because he was a hardened criminal.
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