Kendall Coffey: The Death of Eric Garner
~ Kendall Coffey, on the NYC grand jury’s decision not to bring charges to Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the homicide of Eric Garner.
“Sometimes you wonder if ‘probable cause’ is clearly explained. Because it is not the concept of ultimate guilt or innocence […] This video, and some of these circumstances that we know to be undeniable seem to establish probable cause. We know the chokehold, as it was just described, is a banned, prohibited practice. In effect, this officer knowingly used what amounted to prohibited and excessive force at the very time he began. There are also a group of officers, an obviously unarmed man, and then you add to that the component that he was repeatedly saying he can’t breathe, and yet the police action continued. […] But understanding why this grand jury found that there was no probable cause to charge him for anything is difficult to understand.” 2014 MSNCB Politics Nation with Rev. Al Sharpton Interview.