Not to participate in the latest media frenzy after just criticizing such frenzies, but Garner’s story is tragically interesting. Because of that video. (Trigger warning: not for the faint of heart; shows a man dying.)
Here’s what I think:
- I don’t know enough of the background to second-guess the NYPD officer who chose to take Garner down.
- Having said that, apparently, the chokehold was a violation of the NYPD’s own procedure manual.
- And the NYPD does appear negligent in just standing there while Garner was dying. (Rather than trying to revive him. Remember, Garner was cuffed by then.)
- Via Althouse, An NYPD Officer Opens Up About What Went Wrong in the Eric Garner Case.
- Hint: It wasn’t race. Garner’s arrest was overseen by a female black sergeant in the NYPD.
- Good commentary from Robert Tracinski. He says, “The contradiction of the left is that they want to inject government into every little aspect of our lives and mandate that the police confront us all the time over everything—and then they scream when some of those confrontations go wrong.” And much more about policing and the use of force, that is sensible.