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VIDEO ANALYSIS: DOJ Correctly Declined Civil Rights Charges in Eric Garner Death


Added 07-17-19 07:38:02pm EST - “The purported "chokehold killing of Eric Garner" is just as much a lie as that of Michael Brown being shot dead by police as he surrendered "hands up, don't shoot."” - Legalinsurrection.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Legalinsurrection.com: “VIDEO ANALYSIS: DOJ Correctly Declined Civil Rights Charges in Eric Garner Death”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The purported “chokehold killing of Eric Garner” is just as much a lie as that of Michael Brown being shot dead by police as he surrendered “hands up, don’t shoot.”

Five years ago, on this exact date, Eric Garner died while violently resisting lawful arrest for a petty crime. Yesterday the Department of Justice announced that there would be no civil rights charges against the police officer most associated with that arrest (although numerous officers were involved).

This perfectly reasonable decision by the DOJ —- consistent with similar conclusions drawn by every other official review of this case, including that of a grand jury—has predictably led to confusion and outrage among the ill-informed, so it seems worth taking a moment to recollect the facts and law that apply to the Garner case.

On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner was observed by New York police officers to be engaged in the petty crime of selling “loosies,” individual cigarettes drawn from a pack that normally holds twenty.

New York City makes selling “loosies” a crime for a variety of reasons, primarily because it undercuts the city’s ability to collect taxes on sales of full packs of cigarettes, which bear a state tax stamp, and also because it competes with the lawful sale of cigarettes by local merchants, who are generally the people to call police on sellers of “loosies.”

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