Demonstrators march in New York during the Justice for All rally and march in 2014. A year ago, grand juries had decided not to indict officers in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. (photo: John Minchillo/AP)
Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone | Reader Supported News | December 3, 2015
When it comes to police corruption, if it’s not on video, it tends to stay secret
year ago Thursday, when a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict a police officer named Daniel Pantaleo in her father’s homicide, Erica Garner cried, but wasn’t surprised.
“A week before, a grand jury had decided not to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown,” she says, referring to the case in Ferguson, Missouri. “So I wasn’t really surprised. But it still hurt a lot.”
Eric Garner, a 43 year-old father of four, was killed last July 17th. In a scene the whole world saw on video, he was choked to death in front of a parade of police who stood around while he pleaded for a breath of air 11 times. It was an episode so unambiguously senseless that even most white Americans, forced by cell phone technology to confront an ugly but ancient truth about their society, couldn’t find a way to excuse it.