Twitter : Grand jury decision demonstrates racist NYPD can kill unarmed citizens with impunity

By LOUIS FLORES

In a decision announced today, a Staten Island grand jury did not find probable cause to file criminal charges against New York Police Department officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold homicide of Eric Garner on July 17, 2014. 

Social media reaction to the Staten Island grand jury announcement was swift.  A common sentiment was that the NYPD is racist in how it kills unarmed people of color with no accountability.

The press office of Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City) was contacted and asked for their response to the allegations of racism, but the mayor's representatives did not immediately respond.

Civil rights experts and civil libertarians portray Mayor de Blasio's "Broken Windows" theory of policing as a neoconservative approach to law enforcement that is intentionally race-based and criminalizes the poor.  Mayor de Blasio defended "Broken Windows" policing in the initial wake of Mr. Garner's homicide.