Thursday, December 4, 2014

GRAND JURY WAY OFF.....this time!!



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A Staten Island grand jury on Wednesday ended the criminal case against a white New York police officer whose chokehold on an unarmed black man led to the man’s death, a decision that drew condemnation from elected officials and touched off a wave of protests.
The fatal encounter in July was captured on videos and seen around the world. But after viewing the footage and hearing from witnesses, including the officer who used the chokehold, the jurors deliberated for less than a day before deciding that there was not enough evidence to go forward with charges against the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, 29, in the death of the man, Eric Garner, 43.
Officer Pantaleo, who has been on the force for eight years, appeared before the grand jury on Nov. 21, testifying that he did not intend to choke Mr. Garner, who was being arrested for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. He described the maneuver as a takedown move, adding that he never thought Mr. Garner was in mortal danger.
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ON  THE  NEWS  TONIGHT:  THE  "CHOKE  HOLD"  WAS  PUT  AWAY  21  YEARS  AGO,  IT  IS  IN  WRITING,  IN  THE  STATE  WHERE  THIS  OCCURRED.
THE  VIDEO  IS  PRETTY  CLEAR;  MILLIONS  AROUND  THE  WORLD  HAVE  SEEN  IT.  IF  THIS  WAS  NOT  A  CHOKE  HOLD  THEN  I  DO  NOT  KNOW  WHAT  IS.
A  BLOW  TO  THE  THROAT  CAN  BE  DEADLY;  A  CHOKE  HOLD  CAN  BE  DEADLY.  I  THINK  THE  VIDEO  IS  DARN  RIGHT  CLEAR  THAT  THIS  WAS  A  CHOKE  HOLD.
GARNER  IT  IS  SAID,  HE  CRIED  OUT  ELEVEN  TIMES  HE  COULD  NOT  BREATH.
SO  THIS  TIME  AROUND  THE  GRAND  JURY  TO  ME  WAS  "OUT  TO LUNCH  ON  THIS  CASE"  -  THEY  WERE  EITHER  BLIND,  LOOKING  THE  OTHER  WAY,  OR  PLAIN  STUPID  IN  KNOWING  WHAT  A  CHOKE  HOLD  WAS.
THE  POLICE  COULD  HAVE  SPENT  MORE  TIME  TALKING  TO  HIM  AND  CALLING  FOR  MORE  BACK  UP.  YES  HE  WAS  HUGE   AND  IF THEY  FELT  HE  WAS  TO  BE  ARRESTED  THEY  COULD  HAVE  HAD  10  POLICE  TAKE  HIM  DOWN,  WITHOUT  A  CHOKE  HOLD.
I  UNDERSTAND  IT  WAS  SOMETHING  TO  DO  WITH  CIGARETTES,  NOT  ROBBING  A  STORE.  HE  DID  NOT  TRY  AND  FIGHT  A  POLICEMAN  ARRESTING  HIM;  OR  TRY  AND  GO  FOR  A  POLICEMAN'S  GUN.
WITH  THE  RODNEY  KING  BEATING  SOME  YEARS  AGO  CAUGHT  ON  TAPE,  IT  IS  OBVIOUS  THERE  STILL  LIES  WITHIN  THE  POLICE  FORCE  HERE  AND  THERE,  POLICE  WHO  ARE  PUNKS  THEMSELVES,  HAVE  NOT  BEEN  TRAINED  CORRECTLY,  OR  BOTH.
THE  SYSTEM  HAS  CRACKS  IN  IT  THAT  DESPERATELY  NEED  FIXING;  HOPEFULLY  THE  POLICE  FORCE  ACROSS  AMERICA  WILL  GET  THE  DETERMINATION  TO  FIX  IT.
REMEMBER  THOUGH,  WHATEVER  THE  INJUSTICE  AND  ERRORS  BY  THE  POLICE  AND  GRAND  JURY,  IT  IS  NO  EXCUSE  FOR  VIOLENCE  OF  ANY  KIND  ON  THE  PART  OF  BLACKS  OR  WHITES,  OR  ANY  OTHER  ETHNIC  GROUP.
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