freedomisntfree saidAnd it wasn't only O'Reilly
"A grand jury chose not to indict a New York City police officer Wednesday for causing the death of New York City resident Eric Garner. There was ample evidence to indict; and the grand jury made a grievous error by not doing so. I say this not having seen the evidence before the grand jury, not having seen the medical reports, and not having heard what the District Attorney said to the grand jury.
But I have seen a videotape of the incident and it reveals probable cause to show that the police officer used grossly excessive force on a non-violent, non-threatening person. It also reveals he cried and screamed for help because by compacting his chest, his breathing was impaired. The police did nothing to save his live; yet they accelerated his death needlessly. On the basis of the tape alone, I have a clean conscience making such an assertion that an indictment was warranted. The job of a properly instructed grand jury is not to assess guilt or innocence, not to decide who was right or wrong, but solely to determine if there is enough evidence to charge a defendant in a given case.
Garner was selling cigarettes to homeless folks for a dollar. That is the moral equivalent of jay-walking. He should have been sent to another street corner with a warning, rather than arrested for this harmless behavior. We don’t live in a society in which every conceivable criminal charge should be brought against every conceivable defendant. There have been such societies, and we have fought wars against them. Have we won those wars only to become like the governments that we eradicated?
Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel. He joined FNC in January 1998. Judge Napolitano has written seven books on the U.S. Constitution. The most recent is “Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom.” To find out more about Judge Napolitano and to read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit www.creators.com."
The problem with this type of Faux commentary is that it skirts the real issues that are being debated here. Yes, it's a fact that this was a homicide, and of course we can agree on that much. BUT the reason these rampant killings of black men by white police officers are inciting protests, and in some cases riots, is because racial tensions in the U.S. have led to a system where in nearly every American city, from the north to the south, black people are being treated like second class citizens, by (mainly white) law enforcement, and a staggering number of white people effectively support it by denying that the bias even exists, thus allowing it to continue. The problem won't get fixed very easily if half the country is willfully blind to problem, or worse.
Until someone at Faux News grows the balls to admit that the crux of the issue is racism, then they're really just wasting time and patting themselves on the back for being semi-human P.O.S.'s.