Jon Stewart offered his two cents (and then some) last night on the decision not to indict Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer responsible for Eric Garner’s death.
While thousands of protesters sprung up across the nation in frustration and anger with the decision, Stewart opened The Daily Show in unison with their voices by comparing the trial to the case in Ferguson, and condemning the court’s decision.
“If comedy is tragedy plus time, then I need more f*cking time. But I would really settle for less tragedy, to be honest with you. I think what is so utterly depressing is that none of the ambiguities that exist in the Ferguson case exist in the Staten Island case. And yet the outcome is exactly the same: no crime, no trial, all harm, no foul…The coroner called it a homicide, the guy isn’t acting threatening, and we know that not through witness testimony from unreliable bystanders but because we are f*cking watching it. Someone taped it.”
The Eric Garner case first came into the spotlight when a video of his attempted arrest went viral.
In the Staten Island confrontation you can see one of the police officers putting Garner in an against-protocol chokehold, bringing the 42-year-old father to the ground. Garner repeatedly pleads to the cops to stop, saying, “I can’t breathe,” but the cops continued to assault the victim until he passes out and dies.
Garner was initially approached for an accusation of selling untaxed cigarettes.
Hopefully in the wake of the many highly publicized cases involving police brutality, we will find that police officers will be held more accountable for their decisions and actions.
Cop-cams are still an excellent option for maintaining maximum fairness in every case, but if the courts still can’t recognize who’s at fault, and who deserves to be punished for their actions, that’s a big problem.
Jon Stewart gets pretty emotional about the Eric Garner trial. Find out what he has to say…