Hands Up, Don’t Choke: Eric Garner Was Killed By Police For No ReasonUPDATE: Sean Davis isn't the only conservative bothered by this: (from Hot Air)
December 3, 2014 By Sean Davis
On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner was choked to death by a New York City policeman. On December 3, 2014, a grand jury chose not to indict the officer who killed him. And unlike the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, which was murky and muddled at best, Garner’s completely unnecessary death was captured on video.
And what was his crime? As the video below shows (note: it is incredibly disturbing, so watch at your own risk), he wasn’t a mortal threat to anyone. He carried no weapons. He did not shove or attack any police officers in such a way to be considered an imminent threat to their health and safety.
No, his apparent crime was selling cigarettes without paying taxes on them. And for that, he was killed.
The grand jury’s decision not to bring any charges against the officer who killed Garner is inexplicable. It defies reason. It makes no sense.
Davis was not alone. Allahpundit has curated a broad swath of opinion on the right, all of which seems to indicate that few are comfortable with this grand jury’s decision. There are ways in which this consensus can lead to a positive outcome but only if the tribal partisans on the right and the left refrain from hurling recriminations toward one another.