A grand jury has just cleared the white New York City police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an African-American father of six. Garner died after police wrestled him to the ground and pinned him down. His death sparked a larger national debate about the NYPD’s use of excessive force and its policy of cracking down on low-level offenses.
Below are some articles the Democracy Now! production team has been reading on the case:
'Live Updates: The Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision'
(The New York Times)
'Garner Case is Worse Than Ferguson'
By Ron Howell (New York Daily News)
'Why It’s Impossible to Indict a Cop'
By Chase Mader (The Nation)
'Man’s Death After Chokehold Raises Old Issue for the Police'
By Joseph Goldstein and Nate Schweber (The New York Times)
'Doing the Right Thing for Eric Garner'
By Jelani Cobb (The New Yorker)