Wednesday, December 03, 2014
We Hear You, Unless We're Saying You're Choking Us To Death and We Can't Breathe, In Which Case STFU
Marking this holiday of horrors, another black guy dies - this time on video - another white cop walks. The failure of a New York City grand jury to indict Daniel Pantaleo for choking Eric Garner to death quickly sparked a righteous wave of protests - a die-in at Grand Central, the blocking of the West Side Highway, a rally in Times Square, the targeting of the annual Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center - accompanied by furious chants and hashtags: #shutitdown, #thisstopstoday, BlackLivesMatter. In what might be the most ill-timed, tone-deaf response ever by a police department that God knows by now should know better, the NYPD announced a new P.R. effort with the hashtag
#Wehearyou"The #NYPD is committed to rebuilding public trust." It went about as well as anyone but the NYPD would expect. Listen up, NYPD: Eric Garner cried "I can't breathe" eleven times while Pantaleo held him in an illegal chokehold, and the video caught it all, and he walks free? Keep listening, NYPD and all the others: People have had it. Change must happen. Protests will go on. Because now, from Eric Garner's father, "There is no justice system." Livestream here. And, more horrific than ever, the original video.