One week after Ferguson, the New York police officer who killed Eric Garner avoids indictment


Eric Garner

A grand jury in New York declined Wednesday to indict white police Officer Daniel Pantaleo on criminal charges in the chokehold death of 43-year-old Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes in July.

Observers across the country responded with outrage. Garner’s death had been clearly ruled a homicide by a city medical examiner in July, and chokeholds have been against New York Police Department policy since 1993.

+ The civil rights division of the Department of Justice is investigating the case.

+ Protesters are demonstrating across New York (and the country) in the wake of the grand jury decision.

+ Eric Garner’s final words — “I can’t breathe” — are so much more than a plea for air.

+ What Eric Garner’s death reveals about America, in 9 tweets.

+ Everyone needs to read New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s heartbreaking remarks on Garner and the NYPD.

+ Liberals and conservatives were divided over Ferguson, but they appear united behind Eric Garner.

+ America’s police killing problem is worse than you probably imagined, but the FBI doesn’t even keep track the right way.

CrimingWhileWhite brilliantly destroys American law enforcement’s racial double standard.

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