Garner's death the latest miscarriage of justice for black men
What does it take for black men to find justice?
What could the New York City grand jury have possibly seen or heard during deliberations that led them not to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner last July?
Certainly, the grand jury had crystal clear evidence on tape. A bystander's video of the encounter shows that Garner was not armed, not threatening, and not doing anything that should have led to his death. It shows the police initiating the confrontation, It shows Pantaleo using a choke hold _ an action deemed illegal by the New York police department _ to subdue Garner.
The video also shows that the moment Garner is taken down to the pavement he realizes something is wrong. He tells the officers not once, not twice, not three times, but 11 times _ 11 freaking times! _ that he could not breathe. The coroner's office ruled Garner's death a homicide.
But even with all that information the grand jury didn't think it was even worth taking to court. We aren't even talking about a guilty, or innocent, verdict here. We are talking about simply having a day in court.
It should be stunning, astonishing, shocking _ any adjective you would like to use, including profane _ to describe this travesty. But sadly, for most African-Americans, it is not. Garner joins a long line of injustices that stretch back far before Garner, or the recent Mike Brown case in Ferguson. This is a generational problem.
What makes this tragedy so real is video shows practically every moment of it unfold. Even if you have seen this video before, I urge you to look at it again. http://youtu.be/j1ka4oKu1jo
After looking at the video is there is there anything you saw Garner do to cause his death? Did you notice any sense of urgency, or concern, for Garner from the other responders on hand?. Did you see anyone attending to Garner's needs, or pleas?
I venture to say that even a member of the KKK would look at that tape and say, "Whoa, hold up. Let the nigger breathe." But I see no evidence of Pantaleo loosening his hold, even though it is clear Garner is in a submissive position, and no threat to anyone.
I want to hear from anyone who think this is appropriate behavior. And, please, don't give me "the black people kill black people", spiel. We can have that conversation another time. And, when we do have that discussion, explain to me why white people kill white people. FBI statistics say 93 percent of blacks kills each other, and 83 percent of whites kill each other.
But, right now, right at this moment, we are talking about the deaths of black men at the hands of the police. Because there is no doubt in my mind that if Garner was white, he would be alive today.