The topic I am about to discuss is considered to be controversial, especially in this time. However, I feel it necessary to share my thoughts and opinions about this topic.
On July 17th, 2014, Eric Garner was put into a fatal chokehold and died at the hands of New York Police Officer (NYPD) Daniel Pantaleo. It should be noted that the use of a chokehold to subdue an individual is banned by the NYPD. Garner’s death was ruled a homicide, with the cause of death “neck compression from the chokehold, along with the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police”
On December 3rd, 2014, “Officer” Pantaleo was not indicted by a Grand Jury in relation to this case. This is the second case in two weeks (with the first case being the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in the murder of Michael Brown) in which a white officer was not indicted in the murder of a African-American individual. There have been other similar cases in the past few months as well.
Currently, protests are happening around the country in reaction to this horrifying news, and I am proud to say that my college will be holding one tomorrow, of which I will take part.
So remember: “What side of history do you want to be on when people look back on us?”
Personally, I would rather be on the side of justice, than letting the injustice simply happen, and do nothing about it.
If you wish to discuss these topics further, please feel free to comment.
Also, here are a few links regarding the Eric Garner case if you wish to learn more. Please know that there are many other articles on the subject out there, however, I feel that the following have the best information regarding the case.
Please note that the following video is extremely graphic, and it shows the death of Eric Garner. Please view at your own discretion.