Outrage over New York grand jury failure to indict murderer of Eric Garner

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Outrage over the the New York City grand jury's refusal to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo for strangling Eric Garner with an illegal choke hold has spread around the world.

The failure of the grand jury to indict Pantaleo is so egregious that it has outraged even pillars of the establishment, such as the New York Times, and right wing conservative pundits such as Charles Krauthammer, who described the grand jury's action as, "Totally Incomprehensible." 

The New York grand jury's failure to indict officer Pantaleo mirrors the action of the St. Louis grand jury in the killing of Black teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, and numerous killings of black youth, including the senseless police killing of a 12-year-old Black boy, Tamir Rice, for holding a pellet gun.

President Obama has proposed that police officers wear body cameras to document police interactions with the public to counter the rising number of police killings of Black children. However, as the Washington Post reported, that idea just took a big hit.

Even with video and audio evidence, the lying eyes of the New York grand jury failed to see evidence of police misconduct.

But even the children of President Obama are not immune to the current onslaught by whites on Blacks and Black children as Elizabeth Lauten, the communications director for a republican congressman, launched a nasty attack on Obama's children, calling them "classless" for their appearance at the annual White House turkey pardon ceremony.

The irony is that court records indicate Lauten, now 31, was arrested for shoplifting from a department store at the age of 17 and was also ticketed for speeding and running a red light in Virginia at 19. But, unlike many black children, these events did not prevent her from becoming the communications director of a congressman, neither did they discourage her from savagely attacking two bored Black teenage girls at a turkey pardon.

New York City mayor Bill De Blasio, who noted his own concern for his Black teenage son, while critical of the grand jury, proposed a program of retraining for the New York Police. The New York City police department is plagued by a history multiple killings of unarmed black men, but as everyone knows, the New York City police are among the best trained in the world, so the problem lies elsewhere.

Commentary from around the world express quandary and concern about the number of unarmed Black men being killed by white police officers.

The BBC's Clive Myrie writes:

Imagine you're a police officer and two men are walking towards you late at night. One is white, and the other is black, but both men are carrying bottles...

You can ignore the white man and approach the black man and assume he wants to attack you or somebody else with the bottle.

If during your attempts to remonstrate with him or arrest him you fear for your life...you can kill him and you will not be prosecuted.

That ... is how racial profiling works in the US, and ...it's a policy that dates back to slavery.

As Der Speigel reports, "Police killings of black youth in Ferguson and Cleveland have outraged many in the US. The tragic events show how deep the societal divide remains between blacks and whites."

Note: "Today is the 45th anniversary of the police killing of Mark Clark and Fred Hampton in Chicago, when the police moved into their home—they were sleeping—and killed both Black Panthers. Fred Hampton was the head of the Black Panther Party of Chicago."

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