Today, a grand jury decided not to indict David Pantaleo, the police officer who killed Eric Garner with an illegal chokehold. Moments after the decision was announced, Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson expressed her deep concern about the outcome. Not concern that the police killed Garner, who was allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes, without facing legal repercussions. But concern that anger over the decision could impact a “the tree lighting ceremony” scheduled for that evening at Rockefeller Center.
Next, Carlson kicked it to legal commentator Arthur Aidala who claimed that Garner, who was choked to death, was not choked. According to Aidala the police used a “seat belt maneuver” to take Garner to the ground.
Carlson’s worst fears may come true. The New York Times’ Mike Grynbaum reported that “The mayor’s appearance tonight at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting has been canceled.”