Editor Note: About 3/4 of the way into the article, you’ll see how de Blasio railed against the police earlier this month because of his son’s “feelings”.
It’s the kind of edict that gets passed down by a king – not by someone who has been elected mayor in America.
And yet Bill de Blasio, who demands that you make him your next president, has decided that his feelings overrule law and order in America.
This week, we learned that the Department of Justice decided not to pursue charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo for his role in the 2014 death of Eric Garner.
And on Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio announced a new city policy that will require immediate disciplinary proceedings following a police officer’s involvement in the death of an “unarmed” civilian.
“Years ago, we put our faith in the federal government to act,” de Blasio said. “We won’t make that mistake again.”
No, in 1787, we put our faith in the Constitution. Last we checked, that pesky little document that has kept America from imploding is still there.
In a move no doubt meant to fuel support for the democrat’s run for President, Mayor de Blasio’s office put out a media release immediately.
They said that disciplinary proceedings will begin unless the victim’s family asks the police commissioner to allow a criminal trial to proceed first, or unless a judge convinces the city to allow a prosecutor to first conduct their investigation.
That’s right – you might be innocent until proven guilty in America, but not if you’re a cop in the People’s Republic of New York City.
The disciplinary trial of Officer Pantaleo came to an end more than a month ago. But until Tuesday, no announcement had been made regarding any disciplinary action against the officer who took Garner to the ground.
The take down was what the NYPD’s head of training at the Police Academy said “meets the definition of a chokehold.”
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Video taken by witness Ramsey Orta showed Pantaleo wrestle Garner to the ground as Garner continued to resist arrest.
Garner could be heard repeatedly shouting “I can’t breathe”, and the city’s medical examiner ruled the death a homicide. That’s because he said Garner died from “compression of neck (choke hold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.”
That being said, his weight and pre-existing medical conditions — acute and chronic bronchial asthma and hypertensive cardiovascular disease — also played a role in his death, according to the medical examiner’s report.
A Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict Pantaleo on criminal charges following Garner’s death.
If any disciplinary measures are taken against Pantaleo, they could actually be kept secret. That’s thanks to the city’s aggressive interpretation of a state law meant to shield personnel records – including those of city Democrat leaders – from public view. It’s a policy that began under… drumroll please… de Blasio.
NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Phillip Walzak weighed in, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill is waiting to review the report and see the recommendation of the department’s Deputy Commissioner of Trials before making his decision. According to Walzak, the DOJ decision does not impact that process.
On top of his new policy, King de Blasio said the city will demand the federal government – whether it be through Congressional or executive action — to compel the DOJ to notify families within one year whether it intends to proceed in cases like Garner, and to allow for the reopening of those cases if new facts arise following that one-year period.
“This further reform will make sure no family ever waits years for the answers they deserve,” de Blasio said.
“The evidence here does not support Officer Daniel Pantaleo or any other officer with a federal civil rights violation,” said Richard Donoghue, the U.S. attorney for eastern New York.
Officer Pantaleo then reportedly used control tactics to take Garner down and got him into handcuffs. Garner was taken into custody and later died. According to the media, the murderous white cop went after an unarmed black man out of sheer racist hatred.
A mass of emotions swept through the nation after a video that was captured at the scene appeared to show Pantaleo putting Garner in a chokehold as he cried out, “I can’t breathe” while struggling with police.
Let’s bear in mind that these cries for “justice” were being screamed before any official investigation into Garner’s death could actually begin.
Calls for “justice” echoed as people rioted in the streets. Later, according to NBC New York, “NYPD’s chief surgeon Eli Kleinman in 2014 found Pantaleo’s action wasn’t a chokehold, and that Garner most likely died because of an underlying heart condition.”
We’re seeing the same thing now as the narrative continues to be driven by the media.
USA Today’s headline read, “‘Today we can’t breathe’ DOJ will not bring civil rights charge against NYPD officer in death of Eric Garner”.
The Guardian’s headline was even worse. It read, “Eric Garner: no charges against white police officer over chokehold death”.
Right. No charges.
Because his death wasn’t the fault of the officer.
But let’s ignore those facts in order to generate outrage that conveniently turns into cash flow for the media outlets…
NBC even tied the cause of death back to the ruling in 2014, which they reported was directly related to the “chokehold” that Pantaleo supposedly used.
They published this again Tuesday — even after a number of reports came out that NYPD’s chief surgeon Eli Kleinman found that Pantaleo’s action wasn’t a chokehold and that Garner most likely died because of an underlying heart condition.
“There was no misconduct at all,” Pantaleo’s attorney said about the chief surgeon’s report.
Eric Garner's daughter condemns DOJ decision not to charge officer involved in her father's death five years ago: "Don't apologize to me. Fire the officer!" https://t.co/lGCTpDbndO pic.twitter.com/0rITfG4WXe
— ABC News (@ABC) July 16, 2019
Gwen Carr, Garner’s mother, commented on the decision not to bring federal charges against Officer Pantaleo. She says the officer murdered her son.
“There is no justice at all for Eric,” she said. “The harshest punishment is firing. They murdered him and if there was going to be justice, it would have been at the point when he said ‘I can’t breathe’.”
NBC also reported that a grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo following an investigation. The city of New York reached a $5.9 million settlement with the Garner family in 2015 for a wrongful-death lawsuit.
"We're not going away," Eric Garner's mother says following DOJ decision.
"You think it's swept under the rug? No! It's not going to be swept under the rug. Because, I'm out here. You all know my face. You're going to see it even more now." https://t.co/aLS5pDb9Y1 pic.twitter.com/SBu7TyVl2L
— ABC News (@ABC) July 16, 2019
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Now police are bracing themselves for the potential protests and riots that may follow, similar to the NYC riots following Garner’s death and the Ferguson riots that came in 2014 after the death of Michael Brown.
“As a black man in America I have no expectation that we will receive justice in court without radical change in this country,” said Hawk Newsome, the head of New York area Black Lives Matter chapter, who’s planning a Tuesday night rally in Harlem and a nationwide civil disobedience campaign.
As Officer Jeremy Scharlow recently put it, when blinded by hatred, anger, and prejudice toward police, it is not justice the public is calling for.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s son said earlier this month that he is ‘in fear’ of the police after having talks with his parents about the threat to black youth.
De Blasio first mentioned his conversations about the police with his biracial son during the opening democratic debates that aired on national television last week. He said that he had “very, very serious talks” about the dangers police posed to young black citizens in America.
Then on Monday, the mayor’s son, Dante, doubled down on the statement in his article in USA Today.
In the piece he stated that his father had given him “the talk” about encounters with the police when he was younger and that when someone called the police on him years later, he felt the fear. Dante says the talks began when he was a young teenager, noting that his parents were worried about what might happen to him as he grew older in the city.
“The consequences of a small mistake could be — getting arrested or maybe even shot … They kept stressing these possible consequences, worried that a 13-year-old wouldn’t understand.”
Dante writes about how when he was on a walk around 1 a.m. stuck outside a friend’s apartment in a California neighborhood, someone reportedly called the police to report a suspicious person – him.
“I had been standing outside the apartment for about 10 minutes when a police cruiser slowly rolled down the empty block. I figured it must be heading somewhere else, but no, it pulled over right in front of me.
For years, I had been aware of the fear I caused as a young black man — I had seen people cross the street to avoid me, I had been followed around stores — yet I could still hardly believe someone thought that I was trying to break into a home. But the truth was obvious: Somebody had called the police on me.”
Dante writes about how he frantically continued to punch in the door code until it finally opened, fleeing before the officer even had time to approach him.
“The cops didn’t even have a chance to step out of the car to question me. My fear in that moment meant that I wasn’t even going to give them the chance,” Dante said.
So @NYCMayor son wants to jump in the arena and opine about a police encounter that never was all while referencing Trevon Martin who was shot by a civilian (and found not guilty) all in efforts to perpetuate the police false narrative. Apple meet tree https://t.co/VvDrAhUghK
— Rob O'Donnell (@odonnell_r) July 1, 2019
Bill de Blasio brought up the narrative of unarmed black men being targeted by the police. Perhaps he should read the FBI crime statistics over the last few years to see that he’s wrong.
“A good young man, law-abiding young man, who would never think to do anything wrong. And yet, because of a history that still hangs over us, the dangers he may face, we’ve had to literally train him — as families have all over this city for decades — in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him,” de Blasio said.
Aren’t these kinds of talks that push a false narrative leading to real unsafe encounters between police and minorities? If an adult, a caregiver, a role model teaches a young person to be afraid of the police, we’re simply putting them at a greater risk and furthering the divide within our country.
When someone acts out of fear, their emotions are heightened and they might do something that potentially puts them in danger. Shouldn’t we instead be teaching respect?
Dante literally writes at the end of his article that, “we’re taught to fear the people meant to protect us.”
Why are we teaching that to our kids? This narrative is only making it worse.
Dante de Blasio: "My white father and two of my black cousins sat me down for a serious talk. They told me I was getting older and they needed to make sure that I knew how to talk to the police."
— The Marshall Project (@MarshallProj) July 1, 2019
When I was growing up I learned how to deal with the police. “The talk” at that point was about respect and how to act when dealing with members of law enforcement if I got pulled over or had units respond to a call. That talk was about what to do, what not to do, saying ‘yes, sir’ or ‘no, ma’am’ and respecting the authority figures. If parents across America are now teaching their children to be afraid, to run, to expect that they will be gunned down, the fear only continues to build.
“we’re taught to fear the people meant to protect us.”
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How quickly have we seen situations escalate due to someone resisting or failing to comply with an order? And where does that action so often stem from? Fear.
Parents: it’s time to stop teaching fear and start teaching respect.