I agree with all that this article says except this one point.
When asked why this cop; who was known not to be a racist; still strangled a helpless Eric Garner (everyone is helpless against the tactics and weapons of the Police); a Resident of this cop’s all white neighborhood said they didn’t think he was a racist.
They said, “I think it’s just cop culture,”
Then the author says: “That unfairly characterizes the many decent cops,”.
I would say rather that it completely fails to characterize the few decent cops who might actually refuse to do what this cop did.
It totally characterizes the vast majority of cops who either would do this willingly or though they wouldn’t do this normally; would still kill and commit many other atrocities with just one order from his superiors. Why?
“I think it’s just cop culture,”
The grand jury has spoken, but that does not change what Eric Garner cried out in the cellphone video taken as police pinned him to a Staten Island sidewalk.
“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Garner said again and again that August day.
And even though the grand jury has now chosen not to bring criminal charges in Garner’s death, the video footage that follows those cries constitutes a moral indictment not so much of what the police did but of what the police did not do.
“At that point, forget the cop side,” a longtime veteran police officer not party to the incident says of the moment Garner cries out. “The human side comes in.”
Yet the cops do not seem even to hear Garner.
“I don’t see anyone in that video saying, ‘Look, we got to ease up,’” says the veteran officer. “Where’s the human side of…
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