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There was video evidence. The police officer used a banned chokehold. The asthmatic murder victim repeatedly said, "I can't breathe." Police and paramedics apparently made no attempt to revive the victim. But NO INDICTMENT. This is the same city, years ago, that had the Abner Louima and Amadou Diallo cases. But this isn't about NYC. This is about the fact that this is a disease, this is endemic. That the police officer will never stand trial to face charges. That another life (a Black life, to be specific) is lost to the U.S. injustice system.

 

"A video shot by an onlooker and widely viewed on the Internet showed the 43-year-old Garner telling a group of police officers to leave him alone as they tried to arrest him.

 

Officer Pantaleo responded by wrapping his arm around Garner's neck in an apparent chokehold, which is banned under NYPD policy. The heavyset Garner, who had asthma, was heard repeatedly gasping, "I can't breathe!" A second video surfaced that showed police and paramedics appearing to make no effort to revive Garner while he lay motionless on the ground. He later died at a hospital." - Associated Press

 

And not that I should have to say it, but this is NOT about individual police officers. This is about the institution of law enforcement and the judicial system. Just like critiquing White supremacy (patriarchy; heteronormativity) is not about individual White people (men; heterosexuals), but rather, an oppressive system that some are subjugated to and others benefit from.

 

‪#‎BlackLivesMatter