Once again, a grand jury did not indict a police officer in the death of a person who died because of their actions. Once again, I’m not surprised and nobody else should be either.
I understand the arguments about the incident with Eric Garner being videotaped and all. However, it is a rare thing indeed for a police officer to get indicted for use of force actions by a state or local grand jury. Remember, Rodney King’s run in with LAPD was videotaped and broadcast millions of times, yet the officers were acquitted by a jury in Simi Valley.
If the actions taken by an officer can fall under the guidelines of them performing their duty, then it’s going to be hard to see them get indicted. The use of force would have to be so excessive that even Satan himself would appear and show solidarity with the victim.
When officers get indicted, it’s usually for accepting bribes, embezzlement, or some other crime.
The cases involving Michael Brown and Eric Garner were not the first nor will they be the last of these kinds of cases. That’s the truth of the matter. No bull. No chaser. That’s why I wasn’t surprised when the grand jury decided to not indict the officer involved with the death of Garner.
You can even throw race out the door as well. Racial bias may be a contributing factor in the escalation of the encounter, but I don’t think it has any bearing on the outcome of the juries.