In July, I wrote a piece here about how Eric Garner was put in a chokehold by NYPD officers and he ended up losing his life as a result despite him telling them that he couldn't breathe. At the time, I said "I really hope the family gets proper justice for this. He was not armed or anything so I cannot understand the aggression from the police". It was wishful thinking on my part because the reality of it now is that a Grand Jury has decided that the officer who put Eric in a chokehold would NOT be indicted for the murder.
This is most unfair because I watched how it all went down in the video and they cops did wrong by that man. I find it shocking, the rate at which more and more evidence of police brutality are coming up. Clearly, the police force needs to be looked into and checked. The police are meant to provide protection and support to the people, not harm them.
I read a story this morning about an unruly young man being arrested by the police for disorderly conduct and the officer who put him in a chokehold was fired instantly! (You can find the full story and video here) The policeman was white as was the victim. It is very easy to turn these incidences into a thing about racism but I believe it goes beyond that. The verdicts on the other hand are clearly not balanced. Police are being mean to both whites and blacks, and don't even get me started on the Nigeria police and their
fuckeries gross abuse of power. Just the other day, I read some tweets about a guy's scary experience with a drunk policeman in broad daylight. He was lucky to have lived to tell the tale.
We haven't even recovered from the shocking verdict on Michael Brown's murder and now this. How long do these policemen think they can get away with these unfair murderous misdeeds? The justice system needs a thorough shakeup because these rulings against indictment are really going to tip people over the edge. Remember that despite all the evidence shown during the Trayvon Martins case, Zimmerman walked. Not even all the witnesses' accounts in the Michael Brown case helped get an indictment and now despite glaring video evidence, the Grand Jury once again waters down another case. Whose blood must spill before they get it right?
|Eric Garner's wife (left) and Michael Brown's mother.|
|Protesters against the grand jury's decision in the Garner case.|
|Protesters in Manhattan.|
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