A racially-mixed grand jury in New York has declined to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the tragic death of Eric Garner who died after being placed in an apparent headlock when he resisted a lawful arrest as reported by Tom Hays and Colleen Long for The Associated Press.
There is no evidence to suggest Officer Pantaleo wanted to hurt -- let alone kill -- Eric Garner or gave a rat's ass about the black man's skin color. In fact, a black female police sergeant supervised the entire arrest as reported by Jim Hoft for Gateway Pundit. But that hasn't stopped the anti-cop race hustlers from once again loudly screaming about racial injustice in law enforcement.
The breast-beating teeth-gnashing blowhards have taken to the liberal airwaves expressing outrage that the NYPD even was arresting the poor man in the first instance over a "minor crime" involving the street sale of untaxed cigarettes. It's ironic. The liberals usually demonize tobacco to justify meddling regulation and claim paying taxes is a patriotic duty; however, they now characterize the black market for contraband tobacco as a "minor crime." Minor crime or not, Garner's rap sheet details multiple arrests for his involvement in the cigarette racket and he earned sufficient income from the illicit operation to support his large family. Indeed, "when at least three police officers tried to arrest the 6-foot, 3-inch, 350-pound man, again for peddling single cigarettes called 'loosies,' Garner told the cops surrounding him, 'It ends today!' telling them to keep their hands off him and suggesting that he would not submit to another low-level arrest" as reported by Harry Brunius for The Christian Science Monitor.
Frankly, if the liberals don't want folks arrested for "minor crimes" involving contraband tobacco and tax evasion then they simply have to de-criminalize these offenses. It's disgusting hypocrisy for the liberals now to condemn the cops for effectuating a lawful arrest to enforce criminal laws which were enacted by the nanny state and big government to satisfy the twin desires of regulating tobacco and collecting revenue.
Eric Garner was killed by the liberal machine; Officer Pantaleo was just doing his job.
Indeed, if anything good comes from Garner's tragic death, let's hope that the meddling liberals stop their hypercriminalizing madness and start rolling back some criminal laws: we can't breathe.
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