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“A Fundamental Issue For Every American Who Cares About Justice”

by on December 3, 2014

Officer Daniel Pantaleo faces no chargers over the death of Eric Garner, who died after being placed in a chokehold by the officer. When I read this headline, I figured Garner must have committed an awful crime (not that any crime, in my opinion, is worthy of immediate death.) When I read, minutes later, that he was guilty of selling untaxed cigarettes my heart sunk. Although this incident is in no way equivalent to this year’s showcase of police brutality at Blarney Blowout, it exhibits the big take-away principle; that of unjust and threatening behavior of police forces. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio notes, “The problem of police-community relations and civil rights is not just an issue for people of colour – or young people – or people who get stopped by police, this is a fundamental issue for every American who cares about justice.” My question to you is what we need to do to put an end to awful unjust and police-related deaths, such as this one. I also simply cannot fathom how there are no consequences for officer Pantaleo. What’s worse, the article notes that he clearly claims he is unable to breathe, yet the officer maintains the pressure around his neck. I am disgusted. What can we take away from this case – besides the obvious initial reactions?


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One Comment
  1. I wonder if law enforcement will try to blame the media in this instance of threatening police behavior, just like they did with Michael Brown.

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