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 today 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 today — 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’.”
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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.