NEW YORK — America’s beleaguered criminal justice is at the centre of fresh controversy after a Grand Jury decided not to indict a New York City police officer who placed an unarmed African American cigarette seller in a chokehold from which the victim died.

The decision on Wednesday by a Staten Island jury not to charge the officer Daniel Pantaleo with Eric Garner’s death comes only a week after a Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri, concluded that no charges should be brought against police officer Darren Wilson over the death of African American teen Michael Brown. Garner died in July after he was arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes. A video of the incident, which subsequently went viral, shows the 43-year-old shouting, “I can’t breathe!” before succumbing to the hold.


5 thoughts on “N.Y. Protests Held Over Grand Jury Decision Not To Indict Cop Responsible For Eric Garner’s Death

  1. Bob, from where I sit, there seems to be a problem brewing that ought to be addressed sooner. These cases may, in my view, set very bad precedents and may spiral out of control.


    • I couldn’t agree with you more, Noel. America is teetering on the edge of a great precipice, and it’s not just about race relations. Democracy has collapsed, authoritarianism is on the rise, inequality and injustice are rampant, and institutional corruption has become systemic. Our only hope was that young people would mobilize and put an end to this madness. Sadly, they have chosen to disengage instead. I dislike being a doomsayer, but I see no solution anywhere on the horizon.


      • Today, while I was on campus I didn’t hear students at my college talking about this. I was expecting to hear a lot of anger from students, but there wasn’t much. That’s very scary. People were just walking around as if they hadn’t even heard about it.


        • In my coverage of the 2014 midterm elections, I pointed out that the abysmal voter turnout figure of 36% was primarily due to a lack of participation among Millennials. It appears now that young adults have “dropped-out” of the political process even more dramatically than my Baby Boomer generation did back in the 1970’s. We’re in big trouble.


        • I just found out that there was an on campus protest at my school sometime last week. I was glad that students cared enough to want to take action, but it wasn’t planned well so most students didn’t even know it happened. Let’s see if this is part of a sustained effort, or if it’s just a one-time thing. I’d gladly participate in another protest.

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