Here We Go Again.
A Staten Island grand jury cleared an NYPD cop in the chokehold death of Eric Garner during his caught-on-video arrest for peddling loose cigarettes. The panel voted a “no-bill” and dismissed all charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo, capping weeks of investigation by the special grand jury, set up in September specifically to review evidence in Garner’s racially charged death.
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito called the ruling “a terribly disappointing outcome” that ran counter to “the events that led to Eric Garner’s death.”
“What makes this even more infuriating is the frequent lack of accountability, which is why I urge the U.S. Department of Justice to launch its own investigation,” she added.
Meanwhile – back in the “Show Me” state…
Members of the New Black Panther Party plotted to bomb St. Louis’ Gateway Arch and assassinate local police in the wake of the original Ferguson riots, but the Justice Department hasn’t issued terrorism charges – only hitting them with minor possession gun charges.
Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Ali Davis of the New Black Panther Party discussed using bombs to blow up the Gateway Arch and the murder of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson and St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch.
Evidently, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has a “go soft” order on the racist group – but watch how hard he comes down on the NYPD.