Originally Posted by Nil
I really don't understand this one. The cop was using a prohibited chokehold on Garner that directly resulted in his death. That's not even worthy of a trial? What exactly does a cop need to do to be charged with murder/manslaughter?
Agree. The facts of this case make it apparent enough (not 100% unequivocally, of course, but abundantly clear) that the failure even to indict the cop is a huge fucking problem, and a symptom of a worse problem.
My hunch is that this case shouldn't even be divisive except for the most explicit and avowed of racists and fascism-supporting police-state lovers. But perhaps because it isn't sufficiently divisive, it might not end up getting the attention and traction that it merits. I hope I'm being unduly cynical about the latter point--in our current climate, maybe this egregious case could be some sort of tipping point into an effective call for policing the cops more properly.