A coroner in New York ruled that the death of Eric Garner was murder when they used the chokehold on him for allegedly selling cigarettes. I watched the news as Garner told the police that he was not doing anything wrong, and later after the NYPD grabbed him by the neck, he told them, over and over, that he couldn’t breathe. I once heard someone say, “If anyone tells you something believe them.” Eric Garner, was a father, a husband, and an American citizen. The New York Police Department officers either didn’t believe him or they believed that he shouldn’t breath. He died at their hands.
We have seen this over and over again, with a Black man being the victim and the politicians letting the police off the hook. In Los Angeles, we saw it with Rodney King, and again in NY with Amadou Diallo, and also with a host of others. I once represented a young man who was choked and handcuffed when he was slammed on the hood of a car. The police, I believe, lied and said he slammed the kid onto the hood of the car because the kid grab him by the testicles, even though his hands were handcuffed behind him.
In one of the first cases of police brutality in the sixties, Leonard Deadwyler was taking his pregnant wife to Los Angeles County General Hospital to give birth to their child. The officer stuck the gun into the window of the car and shot and killed Deadwyler. He said it was an accident. The politicians said it was justified. Deadwyler’s death gave birth to the modern day police abuse case.
In the Congress, thousands of young Latinos from Central America are coming to America. The Young Latino’s are said to be running from death by gangs and violence in Central America. The Republicans either don’t believe the drug cartels or that the violent actions of the gangs will cause death of these young people, and so Congress answers the President’s call for money to help them with a resounding NO.
When the President calls for job bills to help rebuild the infrastructure of this great country by repairing the underground water pipes such as in Westwood, roads, or bridges, they respond with a resounding NO. They answer no to those who merely want a job to provide to maintain their family in the fashion they are accustomed to. Therefore, the family without funds dies. They don’t die as requiring a casket and a burial plot, they die as in losing opportunities for educational opportunities, traveling opportunities and, generally, a better standard of living.
Thanks to the New York coroner who ruled that the NYPD officers are potentially guilty of murder, because they will have to hire a lawyer and stand trial for killing a Black man without justification. Maybe, that will stop some others from using their political position and power against the little people. As a note, if the district attorney refuses to try the policemen, the Staten Island grand jury will be asked to decide whether the officer should be indicted and tried. They could refuse. The family can and likely will file a civil case alleging a violation of police abuse and wrongful death of the father of six.
All I can say is, here we go again! “The struggle continues.”