Here We Go Again
- A Staten Island grand jury on Wednesday ended the criminal case against a white New York police officer whose chokehold on an unarmed black man led to the man’s death, a decision that drew condemnation from elected officials and touched off a wave of protests.
The fatal encounter in July was captured on videos and seen around the world. But after viewing the footage and hearing from witnesses, including the officer who used the chokehold, the jurors deliberated for less than a day before deciding that there was not enough evidence to go forward with charges against the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, 29, in the death of the man, Eric Garner, 43.
And the Chicago media can't wait to find a "local connection" to the story:
- The ABC7 I-Team looked into Chicago police and the use of choke holds during arrests.
The choke hold that resulted in Eric Garner's death in New York is not taught to Chicago police nor is it approved for use by Chicago police. A Chicago police official reiterated Wednesday night what the I-Team has found going through the rules and regulations of the police department here. But in New York, choke holds are also banned for use by police.
- Choke holds weren't always banned by Chicago Police. "At one point in time it was taught at the Academy," recalls former Chicago Police spokesman Pat Camden, now with the Fraternal Order of Police union.
Chicago has exactly ZERO relevance to the New York story, but to make it "relate-able" we suppose they have to paint everyone with the same brush.
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