A grand jury just decided that it will not charge Officer Daniel Pantaleo of the NYPD in the choking death of Eric Garner. This is the second time in two weeks that grand juries decided not to indict police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men, and a setback for those who argue body cameras are the solution to holding cops accountable for police brutality. Here’s how news outlets and social media have responded so far.
Activist groups who are organizing around the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson took to Twitter to voice their outrage.
— handsupunited (@handsupunited_) December 3, 2014
Our hearts are with Eric's family. Our bodies will be in the streets.
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) December 3, 2014
Dear America trust and believe we can read between the lines… we comprehend exactly what you're telling us. #RIPERICGARNER
— Tef Poe/FootKlan (@TefPoe) December 3, 2014
Celebrities also spoke out, soon after the decision was made.
"I. CAN'T. BREATHE." God Damn.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 3, 2014
— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) December 3, 2014
This one was on film. http://t.co/Zm7DKL09ok
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) December 3, 2014
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) December 3, 2014
— Keith Powell (@KeithPowell) December 3, 2014
Other noteworthy reactions:
— Race Forward (@RaceForward) December 3, 2014
How can I comfortably bring children in this world? When police can be filmed killing a man and get away with it? #EricGarner
— Steez Austin (@kidnoble) December 3, 2014
Divorcing police from society is a way of not looking at how deep this goes. A belief in "black criminality" does not begin with NYPD.
— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) December 3, 2014
I'm willing to bet if a cop went on camera and said "Watch me kill this man in cold blood" he would still not be indicted. #EricGarner
— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) December 3, 2014
The man is unarmed. The chokehold is banned. The coroner ruled it a homicide. It is on video. None of this matters. I can't breathe.
— jay smooth (@jsmooth995) December 3, 2014
And political leaders are already calling for a DOJ investigation.
Sen. Gillibrand calls on DOJ to investigate Eric Garner case pic.twitter.com/SHeepXdABN
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) December 3, 2014
Rep. Jeffries (D-NY) Wants DOJ to investigate #EricGarner case first called for this back in August
— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) December 3, 2014