#ICan’tBreathe #NoJusticeNoPeace

Happy Thursday.

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.





6 thoughts on “#ICan’tBreathe #NoJusticeNoPeace

  1. I agree fully on the Garner case. It’s cut and dry, there is a video, it’s not like there’s a bunch of actual controversy surrounding it. Either way, it’s illegal to choke hold, and he should be charged on that as a minimum. I’m not sure why it’s not getting more publicity than the Brown case, and is only truly surfacing now that the Brown case has erupted into full on riots. Why not fan the flames of Furgeson?

    The media really latched on to Brown, which has surprisingly little evidence supporting the people who state that Brown was not an aggressor and that his hands were indeed up in the air. I think all of this is just fueling a flame to make us a more divisive nation. If you want, it’s pretty easy to Google the thousands of pages of testimonies and evidence which were used in the case. In a rare move of transparency, the courts released it to show that it was the right decision. Garner is just taking that case’s place since it’s so much more cut and dry, even though it’s an older victim and won’t drum up the same sort of sympathy.


    1. I agree with what you’re saying about the Garner case, and I think the Brown case is a little more complex. There was a lot of activity/controversy surrounding the case, and I think that particular case is what helped to start the movement.

      I think there are also other cases that have also begun to come into the spotlight (i.e., Tamir Rice), so I think this was a movement that was a long time in the making, it just needed a spark, which in this case, it was sadly Michael Brown.


      1. But what is the movement? Michael Brown very likely charged the officer. He was regularly disrespectful. He had a pretty impressive rap sheet in a year or two of being legal, and there are sealed files before then.

        I don’t think he and Garner are the same movement. One is a cop needing to be reigned in. The other is a kid who was never taught responsibility or respect and made numerous life decisions to put himself in a really horrible situation. People say because I’m white I will never end up where Brown is. I say it’s because when a cop tells me “Do this,” I listen. I don’t run at him and punch him. The best suggestion I had for how we stop another Michael Brown from happening is holding fathers accountable for raising their kids and instilling respect.


      2. In this case (or cases) the movement is against both racial prejudices as well as police brutality. While I do not agree with your position regarding the Michael Brown case, I do respect your personal opinions. However, I feel it should be noted that several reports of the Michael Brown/Darren Wilson case specifically mention the fact that Brown did not charge the officer, nor did he try to get into his police car to attack him.


      3. Tamir looks more like a nut job who should not have been on the force, and the police needing to do a better job at vetting out their officers. That guy is an emotional nut case. And I agree this happens too much, where they look the other way when it’s obvious someone should not be in uniform. Military too.

        The forensic evidence very clearly refutes claims that Brown didn’t charge, or was not close to the officer. There was gunpowder on Brown’s hands, which can only happen close range. The officer was also very obviously in a physical fight, having bruising on his face. There are also several witness reports that Brown did charge, and they far more closely represent the forensic evidence of what happened.

        As for the racial prejudices and police brutality, approximately 2300 blacks die a year from violent deaths. 2100 die at the hands of other blacks. We are focusing on a percent of those 200. I get they deserve justice, but are we really providing it, or are we trying to cure a symptom while ignoring the actual disease?

        I’d really look through all these cases carefully. Very very carefully. Dots are being connected which aren’t on the same page, and that should lead to questions of why are they being portrayed in such a way?

        Don’t get me wrong, I 100% believe there are issues in this nation, and these are immensely indicative of those issues. I think it’s easy to point to something that gets people riled up and say that’s the disease. I think it’s harder to look under all the blisters and puss to actually find out what the disease is and how to cure it.


        PS: You have a good mind and heart. I’m enjoying this. 😉


      4. I have mixed feelings on the Tamir case, as it was personally about the victim, but how the officers/EMT’s/etc. responded to the situation.

        As for Wilson’s “injuries”, the photos that were released only showed a slight bruise on his cheek, with what appeared to be shaving cuts on his chin. Please, show me where the injuries are, if any? And if the reports are true, and Brown was attacking Wilson, why doesn’t it show in the report/photos?

        And I agree, I would like to also look through all of the cases with a fine tooth comb, specifically the Michael Brown case.

        I also think that these issues have been boiling under the surface of the nation for a long time, and these cases just allowed them to pour out. I doubt it will be easy to contain, nor should it be.


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