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Agrand jury today declined to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black New Yorker whose last words-"I can't breathe"-were caught on video and became a rallying cry for protesters demanding police reforms.

A lawyer involved in the case confirmed the grand jury decision to the Associated Press.

The 43-year-old Staten Island man stopped breathing after Officer Daniel Pantaleo, 29, put him in what appeared to be an illegal chokehold while trying to subdue him. The city's medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide resulting from compression of his neck and chest, but the grand jury did not find reasonable cause to charge Pantaleo with a crime.

Unlike the protests in Ferguson, which erupted after the Aug. 9 killing of Michael Brown by police Officer Darren Wilson, the New York rallies that followed Garner's death did not turn violent. But marches in both cities reflected distrust of the police among many blacks, and the demands were the same: prosecution of the officers involved in the deaths...

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-eric-garner-grand-jury-20141203-story.html

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This situation, unlike the Ferguson mess, makes me incredibly sad.

Mr Garner died when he shouldn't have.

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At least the followers aren't rioting...yet...which is commendable and surprising in light of Ferguson. (am i the only one that double read when i said it was commendable that the didn't riot? geesh, what kind of world do we live in where its commendable when a group doesn't riot. haha)

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So it makes people happy when that community just quietly accepts the murder of one of their own with zero accountability. They should just swallow that and go on their way?

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They should just swallow that and go on their way?

Say the same individuals who have launched 9 investigations into Benghazi.

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No one said swallow anything. I'm so confused lately here on AN. :wacky:

People said the protests were peaceful. There were still protests. I absolutely believe in being able to protest.

But they didn't burn stores in their own neighborhoods down, they didn't set fires, they didn't loot.

You lose all credibility when that sort of stuff happens in a "protest".

No one, no one, not one person said "swallow that and go on their way".

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So it makes people happy when that community just quietly accepts the murder of one of their own with zero accountability. They should just swallow that and go on their way?

What specifically are you referring to?

In which community did the quiet acceptance of the murder of "one of their own" occur?

And whom exactly do you see advocating that the community "swallow that and go on their way?"

Say the same individuals who have launched 9 investigations into Benghazi.

Please be more specific in what you are trying to say. As there have been numerous posts here regarding the House Republicans continued investigations of Benghazi I assume this is whom you are referring to.

If this is the case, which members of the House are you referring to, and what exactly did he or she state? Please provide credible sources when you do so.

Or is this is a general reference directed to all members of the Republican Party? If this has happened, please post what you are referring to. Be specific in detailing the comments, and again provide a credible source in doing so.

If members of the Republican Party are doing this in the numbers you seem to allude to, I will join you in condemning them. If you are unable to document these allegations, then, in my opinion, you have stepped way over the line in making a very broad, baseless, and inflammatory allegation.

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This situation, unlike the Ferguson mess, makes me incredibly sad.

Mr Garner died when he shouldn't have.

Strange, isn't it? One would think that a situation like this - where the victim was acting within his rights - would generate outrage, but it doesn't.

OTOH, the Ferguson incident - where Michael Brown the Thief was acting like a belligerent personal orifice, causes MAJOR outrage.

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There have been thousands of people protesting since it happened. Sadly it seems the media ignores protests unless there is violence. Right after the homicide of Eric Gardner the associated Press put the story of the protest on the wires. As far as i can tell only the Huffington Post published it.

Tens of thousands in NYC last night.

Eric Garner Killing Sparks Thousands To March Against Chokehold Death

08/23/2014

NEW YORK (AP)-Police reported no arrests as thousands of people demonstrated peacefully in protest against the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white New York City police officer.

A crowd of well over 2,500 people proceeded through Staten Island streets on Saturday, expressing grief, anger and hope for a better future...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/23/eric-garner-protest_n_5702527.html

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"I Fear for the Lives of My Sons": Voices from NYC Protests over Eric Garner Grand Jury Ruling

Democracy Now! producer Renée Feltz talked to a group of protesters in Times Square last night.

... Thousands of people went to Times Square, traveled throughout the boroughs, some scores of people, then hundreds of people and thousands. Renée Feltz was in Times Square.

BOB BAILEY:
I'm Bob Bailey from Brooklyn, New York. Oh, I'm out here actually working, but I have a lunch break, so I took my lunch break time to protest.

RENÉE FELTZ:
And what did you--what went through your mind when you heard the grand jury's decision not to indict the officer responsible for Eric Garner's death?

BOB BAILEY:
It's like they keep on making excuses for the officers. They're not being liable for their actions. And that's horrible...

 

... RODRICE VINCENT:
Hi, my name is Rodrice Vincent. I'm a Brooklyn native, but I live in the Bronx. I'm out here tonight because I'm a mother of three children, two of them which are black boys. I fear for the lives of my sons. My daughter, my youngest, is six years old. When she looks at a police officer, she's afraid. She's not looking at them as somebody who's there to protect and serve her. And at such a young age, so innocent, for even her to be aware that police hurt people that look like her dad, that look like her brother, that look like her uncle, and they don't have to be doing anything.

 

ZAKIYAH ALI:
I'm Zakiyah Ali, and I'm here because I don't have anywhere else that I'm supposed to be. I'm supposed to be here in solidarity with the people. I'm a teacher. I teach my students to be obedient. I teach my students to think. I teach my students to be critical. But most of all, I teach them to be human beings.

But obviously, I feel like a hypocrite, because what I'm teaching my students, it's not reciprocated. And one of these days, my school, which is predominantly African-American, several of my students are walking down the street, and they could be the next Eric Garner, they could be the next Tamir Rice, they could be the next Michael Brown. But what we see right now is an indictment on black skin--no indictment on the cops, but an indictment on black skin--and an indictment on people that they feel are less than...

 

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/4/i_fear_for_the_lives_of

 

 

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Mayor de Blasio urges federal probe of NYC chokehold case

(Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday called for a federal investigation into the death of a Staten Island man who died when police put him in a chokehold, and urged New Yorkers to react peacefully to a grand jury's decision not to return an indictment in the racially charged case.

Anyone who believes in justice "should feel a call to action right now," the mayor said hours after the panel decided not to indict a white police officer in the death of Eric Garner...

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/03/us-usa-new-york-chokehold-deblasio-idUSKCN0JH2O920141203

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So it makes people happy when that community just quietly accepts the murder of one of their own with zero accountability. They should just swallow that and go on their way?

Except neither one got murdered. There's a difference, just because someone dies and you dont like it, it doesn't make it a murder. If my son broke into someones house with a gun and ended up getting shot, even then i wouldn't consider it murder, even though i would be miserable because my son just died. It wouldn't be murder since they were defending themselves, now in the eric case, the man wasn't going after cops with a gun or anything, but the grand jury, which knows more than we ever will about the incident, decided not to indict the officer. So stop calling these killings murders when they aren't since murder is illegal, and defending oneself isn't.

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