All this has nothing to do with racism. Nothing!
Whether the cops acted properly or poorly is another issue, but there is no evidence that racism had anything to do with these incidents.
Race-baiting leaders are seizing every opportunity to immerse our country into a state of anarchy for political motive, knowing they have the power – with the complicity of media – to agitate the mindless like herds of sheep over cliffs, by following the rhetoric of the very people they claim to abhor: Racists!
If people would do their homework, they would know, unequivocally, that the death of Eric Garner was not about racism. It certainly was an unnecessary death, brought on by a police officer doing his job. If and when it is determined that he and the police agency are brought into a civil lawsuit, we’ll know more. But the idea that NYPD Officer Daniel Panteleo committed a criminal act and deserves to be imprisoned, is rightfully off the table.
News bites give us a few seconds of video and edited dialogue in television commentary. Newspapers, as well, are so limited in time and space that details are left out, such as the entire video when Garner was being confronted, arrested and brought down. Anti-police pundits repeatedly tell us that poor Eric Garner was only selling “loosies” (cigarettes) on the sidewalk, a very minor crime, implying he was being picked on because of color.
What they don’t tell you are these facts:
1 – Cops don’t choose what calls for service to which they respond. It’s their job to handle complaints made by lawful, taxpaying citizens.
2 – These officers were not on the scene because they felt like it. They had dutifully responded to calls made by outraged store merchants complaining about Garner conducting his illegal business outside their doors. The officers were obligated to be there.
3 – Officers found they were dealing with a belligerent man with a past record of thirty-one arrests and who stands 6’3” and weighs 350 pounds. That’s a big deal.
4 – There was a sergeant/supervisor on the scene (conveniently cut from video clips) who happens to be black.
5 – Because Garner refused to cease and desist, he was subject to lawful arrest.
6 – It is illegal in every jurisdiction in America to resist arrest. When a person resists, it is the officer’s obligation to effect the arrest by any means necessary. Officers cannot simply walk away when someone declines to be arrested.
7 – The video images clearly show that Garner dwarfed the police officers who were unable to grab his hands for handcuffing. Force was needed to arrest. For average-sized cops, that’s usually not a major problem. It is a major problem when dealing with a human mammoth who is already agitated.
8 – The officers had no choice but to use force. Tasers were unavailable. They did not unholster their firearms. (applause everyone) The only option remaining was physical force, hoping no one gets injured.
9 – Daniel Panteleo, a dedicated veteran of eight years, managed the take-down by using a surprise choke hold from behind. Whether he violated police department policy is still up for debate. But he broke no law.
10 – When such unplanned confrontations occur, police officers are not obliged to inquire about someone’s medical background. It’s their job to effect the lawful arrest without injury, if possible. In this case, we later learned that the 43 year-old man had a history of heart problems, diabetes and asthma complicated by obesity.
11 — Once down, while officers immobilized him for cuffing, he began saying “I can’t breathe.” My police experience suggests that the officers first figured Garner was feigning as a ploy to get released. Cops constantly deal with liars. Apparently, he then stated it eleven times. Somewhere in that interim, Garner was cuffed and Panteleo released the choke hold.
12 — Sadly, Garner died. Panteleo had no intent to harm or kill him; his intent was to effect the arrest of a resisting law breaker. Panteleo may be civilly liable, we don’t know yet. We cannot pass judgment without all the facts.
But people who bite the bait of racism rhetoric don’t care about facts and evidence.
No police officer goes to work every day wanting to kill someone. No police officer goes to work every day hoping to violate the rights of people of another race. In this climate where the term “racist” is misused constantly, cops walk on eggshells hoping to come home at the end of the day with their bodies and their careers intact.
Like Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, the Eric Garner tragedy points out how thugs can be portrayed as martyrs by race-baiting propagandists who know how to push the buttons of anarchy, enabled not only by sensational media, but by irresponsible leaders such as the president and the attorney general who stoke the flames of disorder with ax-grinding rhetoric.
Who loses? Middle Americans, of all races, who did nothing to deserve the losses of property and businesses, especially minorities whose homes and neighborhoods are subjected to chaos and crime. Also lost in the midst, are the true causes of disproportionate crime committed by minorities; family dysfunction, poor role models, welfare dependency, joblessness, moral depravity, absence of values and dismal education standards. Those are the elements where the race baiters should be focusing their attention. It certainly hasn’t improved under the leadership of a minority president.
I fear there is something bigger and more sinister going on here behind the scenes.
Here are a couple videos with words of wisdom from a Milwaukee sheriff, who happens to be black, and minces no words about this administration.
Watch the full video, link below. It’s obvious the merchants and the cops were baited into this situation. The person doing the video was clearly preparing to record the police confrontation in advance.