By Sydney B.
No Justice, NO PEACE!
On Wednesday, a Staten Island grand jury ended the criminal case of a New York police officer whose chokehold left an unarmed black man dead. Back in July, the fatal arrest was captured on video and seen around the world.
Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, was being arrested for selling unlicensed cigarettes, also known as loosies, but things went for the worst when Police stated that they had to get physical with him after he resisted arrest.
After several months of investigating and hearing from witnesses including officer Daniel Pantaleo who put Garner in the chokehold, a majority of the panel, consisting of 15 white and 8 black or hispanic jurors, deliberated for less than a day before deciding that there wasn’t enough evidence to go forward with any charges.
I’m lost, why was the video not enough to convict Pantaleo? This evidence was very clear to see. Did each juror need to physically be at the scene during the time of the incident to gain every piece of evidence they needed?
Just moments after releasing their decision New York City residents swarmed the streets of New York protesting this heart wrenching decision in Times Square. Among the many protestors were rapper J. Cole and Hollywood film producer Spike Lee, who also brought his son along to join the protest.
While many protest were underway, on Twitter #CrimingWhileWhite went viral, giving us a glimpse of what life has been like for some white people even after they’ve committed a blatant crime and still live freely to tell the story!
Check out some of the tweets:
Life must be grand with the right color of skin. White Privilege is real ladies and gentleman! Something has to change! We need justice for all.
Rest in peace Eric Garner, you’ve left your mark on us all. Your name won’t be in vain.