On Wednesday December 3rd, Huffington Post reported a grand jury in Staten Island voted not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo. Officer Pantaleo placed Eric Garner in choke hold, Garner ended up dying as a result. I was in total shock at the verdict of Eric Garner’s death. My question is when will enough be enough? I believe that police officers should do their job, but is necessary to simply go beyond just ” protecting” themselves and someone. As I read this article in HuffintonPost, Officer Pantaleo offered his condolences to the Garner family and also mentions that his intentions was not to hurt anyone. With the pattern of these officers not being charged in these deaths, it should bring our country together as a whole. Not to only stop the continuation of black men being kilt, but to stop the violence of all crimes. When I watched the video of Eric Garner, it was very compelling. What shocked me most was that a man who was unarmed was brought down by 4 or 5 officer, which resulted from him dying. This type of pattern is not something that is just now happening in the justice system. This is something that has been going on for centuries. Unfortunately for the justice system, it will not change over night. As I mentioned in the previous blog, by people participating in violent protesting it does not do anything. We should come together in starting with trying to improve our own communities, because that is where everything starts.
Garner, 43, died July 17 while he was being arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes. In a video of the arrest, which has since gone viral, Garner screams “I can’t breathe!” multiple times until his body goes limp. A medical examiner later said that he died of a chokehold, a move that is banned by the NYPD, and ruled his death a homicide.