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.
How much more time does the racist system need 2 reform itself? Shut it down for Eric Garner, Mike Brown & countless others. To the streets.— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) December 3, 2014
I feel so sorry for Eric Garner's family. what a dumb system. what a dumb, racist system in this stupid stupid country— Andy Bugay (@andybugay) December 3, 2014
Eric Garner was strangled to death by a chokehold ON VIDEO and they couldn't get an indictment. AMERICA IS RACIST!!!— psychedelicatessen (@MentalRiot) December 3, 2014
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.