As my brother Dr. Kortney Ziegler pointed out, in a life imitates art moment, 43 year old Eric Garner’s cause of death last Friday, like Radio Raheem in the Spike Lee movie Do The Right Thing, was death by po-po.
Spike Lee thought so as well. He recently mixed the video of Garner’s fatal encounter with the NYPD with the Radio Raheem fictional one from the film.
The father of six was killed by an illegal choke hold after being agitated about being harassed by NYPD police.
Eric Garner’s funeral was yesterday, but the firestorm surrounding this latest episode of NYPD behaving badly when it comes to non-white denizens of New York is just getting cranked up.
You add to it the ridiculous statementby NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton. who is in his second stint of leading NYPD (1994-1996 was the previous one), that “race didn’t have anything to do with the tragic death of Garner.”
Seriously? You may wish to rethink that based onthe racist online comments of NYPD officers let loose in the wake of last Friday’s murder by po-po of Garner and the negative spotlight once more being shined on the New York Police Department.
When now thirteen people of color have been killed in various ways over the years by NYPD officers, other non-white New Yorkers complain of harassment and less than respectful treatment, and the reaction you have to it is deny you have a race problem, not good.
It damned sure was about race. It’s about the vanillascented privileged mentality that too many white police officers have when they come into our neighborhoods from their gated suburbs and treat us as less than human.
If you’re a bigot with a badge and gun, that is destined to cause a problem sooner or later.
I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the comment of Eric Garner ‘bringing it it upon himself’ In what FOX Noise addled conservaworld did you come up with that specious crap?
How does breaking up a fight justify death by po-po?
All y’all had to do was let Garner off with a warning and let him go on his merry way. home But y’all couldn’t resist the temptation to go into Officer Oppressor mode, and one of you went too far with the fatal choke hold which BTW, is illegal under NYPD policy..
Meanwhile we people of color keep finding ourselves in the situation of having to bury our loved ones after negative and deadly interactions with predominately white cops fir trivial crap..
And we’re sick and tired of it.