What Fresh Hell Is This?

December 4, 2014

Black Lives STILL Matter

From the Huffingtonpost:
New York City residents took to the streets on Wednesday after a grand jury said it would not bring charges in the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died in July after a police officer placed him in a chokehold.

Garner, 43, was being arrested for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes on July 17 when New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo placed him in an illegal chokehold. The medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide, but the grand jury said Wednesday it would not indict Pantaleo.
Locally, as reported by the Trib:
More than 100 protesters — shouting “Hands up! Don't shoot” and “no justice, no peace” — marched through the streets of Oakland on Wednesday night to show their displeasure at a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the choking death of an unarmed black man in New York.

Although the protesters — their numbers changing from about 75 to possibly 200 or more during the hourlong march — lay down to block several intersections for minutes at a time, prompting several motorists to honk their horns in anger, there did not appear to be any confrontations with the police officers, who watched silently. There was no immediate word of any arrests.
And the P-G:
As protesters marched down Forbes Avenue, Halket Street and Atwood Street, weaving in and out of traffic, they were met by support. One man high fived them as they passed by. Another woman gave a thumbs up and another clapped her hands. Several bystanders joined in the march or took photos and videos on their phones.

University police stood nearby but did not interfere, even moving their vehicles to block off three intersections in which protesters lay down in for 4 1/2 minutes each.
Why 4 1/2 minutes?

Here's why:
Shortly after 7 p.m., a woman in a colorful scarf read the last words uttered by Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and others who have been killed by law enforcement. Then, for 4 1/2 minutes, the group joined hands and bowed their heads in silence.

Julia Johnson, 22, of the South Side, asked the crowd to think about something during those moments, reflective of the number of hours Michael Brown's body lay on the street.
Black lives matter.

And I shouldn't have had to write that last sentence.  I shouldn't.

I can't breathe.


Heir to the Throne said...

1st Rule of Policing: Police have the right and the duty to go home at the end of each watch. It does not matter how many non-law enforcement personnel are injured or killed or have their “rights” violated to achieve this goal.

Ol' Froth said...

HOLY CRAP, I ACTUALLY AGREE WITH HEIR ON SOMETHING!!!! This attitude definatly exists in the law enforcement community. Its usually reduced to the phrase "Better to be judged by 12 than carried by six." I really don't have a problem with that sentiment, but its only valid if the "judged by 12" part wasn't dysfunctional, and I'm afeared it is.

Heir to the Throne said...

Got it from Seattle Cops Bring Lawsuit Claiming They Have A Constitutional Right To Use Excessive Force

but its only valid if the "judged by 12" part wasn't dysfunctional, and I'm afeared it is.
But for video: Wisconsin deputy badly injures woman in crash, attempts to blame victim
Connecticut trooper pleads guilty to stealing dying motorcycle crash victim’s jewelry, money
Deputy Who Choked Student Gets To Retire, Won’t Face Charges

Ol' Froth said...

As noted, I am afeared the "judged by 12" component is dysfunctional, but like any defendant, ones status as a law enforcement officer doesn't preclude mounting a vigorous defense.