Sources are confirming that NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo will not be charged for the death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner on July 17 of this year.
Weeks before racial tensions began to flare in Ferguson this past summer, this case blew up New York City news and media when a video of the arrest and death of 43-year-old Garner went viral. Family and friends of Garner, along with supporters nationwide, were calling for a jury to indict Officer Pantaleo on charges of false arrest and civil rights violations. Pantaleo was stripped of his badge and gun following the incident, but given today’s jury decision, riots are expected to break out.
It’s been a rough few months for police abuse and racial issues in America. Garner’s death was only the first in a string of highly-publicized cases, followed by Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, and, more recently, the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Of course, these are just the cases that have reached widespread media attention.
Surely, after today’s jury decision, police officers across the country will have to be held more responsible for their decisions and actions. But maybe we need more than just a change of policy and should focus instead on a change of education and social awareness as Americans.
Let’s hope that we don’t hear more stories like this in the news anytime soon.
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