Harry Siegel in the New York Daily News:
Garner had a heart attack in the ambulance, and died.
As he lay dying, he was treated like a piece of meat. By Pantaleo. By the other cops on the scene. Even by the medical technicians.
Had Garner been treated with basic human dignity after he was violently, and needlessly, taken down, he might not be dead.
I’m no lawyer, but this is section 125.15 of New York’s penal code: “A person is guilty of manslaughter in the second degree when: 1. He recklessly causes the death of another person.”
So I’m stunned, and saddened, by a Staten Island grand jury’s decision to level no charges against Pantaleo.
Anyone unsure why so many people of color are upset with the police, and suspicious of the American justice system, put your politics down, open your eyes and watch the videos.
Regular visitors will recall that we selected the Garner case as the ‘worst of the month’ for July.
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