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Civilians, members of the community, saw the evidence the prosecutor had and determined there was insufficient evidence to prove a crime had occurred. I trust non-governmental civilians. They get it right most of the time.
It is time for the police to arm up and this time shoot the arsonists.
But reasonable people want to know all of the evidence before reaching a conclusion. What I read says that Garner told them he couldn't breathe. If that's true, I am flabbergasted they didn't let up on the disallowed choke hold. IF they didn't let up on it.
But in all things, policeman have to weigh actions with consequences with possibles crimes, it seems to me. Selling ciggies with no tax is just not a big deal. Something you'd give a ticket for. Not arrest for. It's not serious like, say, running a red light. You don't want to turn a minor offense into, say, the death of someone. Especially using a choke hold that is against protocol.
I am surprised by the no indictment. But then I haven't seen all the evidence.
Having watched the video many times, in my opinion he should not have been arrested, he should not have been taken to the ground, his head not shoved into concrete and no neck or choke hold used.
That said, it was not manslaughter or murder. Charges such as assault, official oppression, and reckless endangerment would have been more applicable.
Thank sue-em-all lawyers for why police are not indicted. NYC would face a mega million dollar lawsuit with such indictment and conviction.