Politics by Other Means: ‘Black Sites Matter.’
-Michael Kilburn, contributor
In early December 2014, a grand jury in Staten Island declined to issue an indictment in the choking death of Eric Garner, a 45 year old African American who was violently subdued by 5 police officers on suspicion of selling “loosies” (individual cigarettes). Despite video evidence of excessive force, including the use of a banned chokehold, and flagrant disregard for the victim, who gasped “I can’t breathe!” 11 times before losing consciousness and was left handcuffed and unaided on the sidewalk for 7 minutes after his collapse until the ambulance arrived; despite the medical examiner’s office ruling that Mr. Garner’s death was a homicide, the grand jury determined that there was no criminal liability.
It is important to understand that a grand jury is not a trial –though exceptionally Officer Pantaleo alone was permitted to give testimony in his own…
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