Skip to comments.Grand Jury Declines to Indict NYPD Officer in Eric Garner Chokehold Death: Sources
Posted on 12/03/2014 11:28:41 AM PST by dead
A New York City grand jury has declined to indict an NYPD officer in the chokehold case of Eric Garner, the unarmed man who died while being arrested on Staten Island earlier this year.
In opting not to indict, the panel determined there was not probable cause that a crime was committed by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was seen on a widely watched amateur video showing him wrapping his arm around Garner's neck as Garner yelled, "I can't breathe!" during the summer altercation.
(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnewyork.com ...
Oh oh. I am going to NYC area with the family to visit the parents. I hope the freaks dont shut down Manhattan this weekend. We always look forward to seeing all the Christmas stuff for the season.
Well then by all means kill him.
Agreed, if you want a case where the public should be outraged, this one is it.. All on tape and cops completely in the wrong.... Amazing the complete ignorance being espoused by some folks here.
Police Commissioner Sharpton will be moving into action soon.
The coroner ruled the death a homicide, meaning simply that he died from the actions of another human being.
He's to busy in Ferguson.
Did you watch the full video? His “resisting” was all of pulling his hand away and saying don’t touch me, he was not fighting with the cops, arguing yes, but not being physically threatening in any way.
If you want to see racism at work, it just happened in NYC, not in Ferguson.
For the record thats was not a chokehold...if the guy can talk he is passing air through his throat which means he hasn’t had his airway cut off.
This is not a comment on the reasonableness fighting with someone over cigarette tax stamps.
I see “racism at work” every day, thank you.
Well it could be smoking
Shortly after Mincey (a black male) died from a chokehold in April 1982, LAPD Chief Daryl Gates explained to a Los Angeles Times reporter that the disparity in the number of blacks who died from chokeholds might be because their veins did not reopen like normal people. The Times duly printed Gates’ remark. Unanimous outrage followed and Gates almost lost his job.
It turns out that Chief Gates may have been almost right, but for the wrong reason.
In Africa, malaria is endemic. However, humans with sickle cell trait are immune to malaria. And through natural selection or survival of the fittest ten percent of African natives have sickle cell trait. Ten percent of black Americans and black Los Angelenos have sickle cell trait, while only one-half of 1% of caucasian Americans have the trait.
The trait is relatively harmless; actually it is wonderful if you’re bitten by a malaria-carrying mosquito.
But sickle cell disease is a disaster characterized by blood cells taking the shape of a sickle and clogging up the blood vessels. Agonizing pain ensues and, often, death.
Medical science has known for many years that patients with sickle cell trait must be cautioned against flying in unpressurized aircraft because at altitudes above about 14,000 feet, the trait transforms into the disease. This is because of the paucity of oxygen at such an altitude. Hypoxia (lack of oxygen in the blood) may induce sickling with attendant extreme pain, stoppage of blood flow, and possible death. “Symptoms resulting from vaso-occlusion occur [in persons with sickle cell trait] only in extreme circumstances of severe hypoxia such as flying in unpressurized aircraft.” Cecil, Textbook of Medicine, 16th Ed., p. 889, Clinical Manifestations. Sickle Cell Trait.
After LAPD chokehold deaths had ceased, the LA County Coroner-Medical Examiner, Ron Kornblum, made the connection between chokeholds and black deaths. Chokeholds deprive their victims of oxygen. A black male is 20 times more likely to harbor sickle cell trait that a white male. Ergo, he testified that choking a black male is 20 times more dangerous than is choking a white male. The black male is 20 times more likely to die.
Dr. Kornblum reviewed the autopsy reports of the twelve black male chokehold victims. He found that Dailey was noted to have some sort of “sickle cell disorder” and that Hill’s death was ascribed to “sickle cell crisis.” He does not know whether there was abnormal cell pathology involved in the other ten deaths.
This situation raises complex legal questions. When the police do choke, even in an appropriate context, a black man who carries sickle cell trait, do they deny him constitutionally guaranteed equal protection of the law? Are they threatening to deprive him of his life without due process of law? If so, since the police cannot know in advance which black men have sickle cell trait, must they always refrain from choking black men? Or is it natural selection which dictates their own genetic make-up that deprives them of equal protection or due process?
This could lead to a police policy: Choke only white males. But chokeholds kill white males, too; Fairbanks, Cameron, Cousins, and Acree were white. Does a white-only choking policy deprive whites of equal protection or due process?
So long as any law enforcement agency authorizes its officers to choke, it risks being caught on one or the other horn of this constitutional dilemma.
The cop used an illegal choke-hold and someone died as a result and the cop won’t be charged with a crime. If anyone else had done this they’d be up on charges. But it was a cop so it’s okay.
Can we just delete the 14th Amendment since it’s become such a mockery? Why bother with the pretense?
Agreed. Strongly agree.
I guess Al Sharpton gets a home game.
I watched the video....I don’t agree with your conclusion
Agreed. Seems to me that there's an element of statists on this forum who consistently advance the notion that we are a nation ruled by an über class of people who have badges and who are somehow magically qualified to ignore the laws that they're supposed to enforce.
There's just something wrong with people whose opinions would repudiate our Declaration of Independence.
They must protect the tax collectors, after all....
“unarmed”? I sure hope he wasn’t using a hold on an armed man.
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