Following a grand jury decision in Staten Island not to try a police officer involved in the death of an unarmed man selling loose cigarettes on the street, there has been condemnation for the decision on both the right and left. Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer called the decision ‘totally incomprehensible.’ Fox News reported,
Krauthammer said it appears the jury should have indicted Officer Daniel Pantaleo on involuntary manslaughter at the very least for the death of Eric Garner.
“The guy actually said ‘I can’t breathe,’ which ought to be a signal, if the guy was unarmed and the crime was as petty as they come.”
He said it was almost absurd that anyone should have to die over the crime of selling loose cigarettes.
“I think anybody who looks at the video would think this was the wrong judgment. The problem is in our system, you don’t have double jeopardy,” Krauthammer said. “If a grand jury makes a mistake, that’s the way it is.”
A federal investigation is a way around this decision, Krauthammer explained, but that requires a violation of civil rights, which would imply that this was a racial incident.
“They have to squeeze the case into one of deliberate racism, and I don’t know that there is any evidence for that.”
This grand jury decision comes on the heels of a more polarizing case, that of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, when a grand jury decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson in his death. After that decision was rendered, protesters took to the streets around the country, including New York City, deciding to shut down traffic in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and the Monday afterwards.
These inexplicable tactics, those which anger and thwart the daily lives of the average New Yorker, continue with the death of Eric Garner. Participants, co-opted by professional Leftist and Communist protesters who kept Occupy Wall Street populated, have taken on Christmas. Ruining the pre and post-Thanksgiving commutes of New Yorkers wasn’t enough, and now protesters shout Communist slogans and “shut it down” through stores in New York’s midtown, including Macy’s and Toys R’ Us in Times Square.
— Nick Valencia (@CNNValencia) December 8, 2014
A leading organizer for the protests explained why commercial stores, completely involved with the deaths of Brown or Garner, were targeted for closure during a major shopping rush,
Instead of fundraising to make the Garner family’s Christmas more meaningful this year, these Leftist protesters have taken it upon themselves to ruin Christmas for everyone else. How that could possibly win them more support has not quite been thought out.
Who will benefit from these protests across New York City? The NYPD. In order to keep order, NYPD officers have been receiving overtime since the Ferguson protests began. The irony, it burns.
Do you think these protests will run out of steam soon?