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Is the Cop Who Murdered Eric Garner About to Be No-Billed?

I would have voted an emphatic ‘yes’ until seven minutes ago when a late-breaking story appeared citing very specific and damning Grand Jury testimony from witnesses leaked by unnamed ‘multiple sources’.  More on that after some history.

http://youtu.be/j1ka4oKu1jo

The night after police viciously choked Eric to death on July 17, the NYPD released this narrative:

“On Thursday, July 17, 2014 at approximately 1648 hours, police observed a 43-year-old male selling untaxed cigarettes in front of 202 Bay Street within the confines of the 120 Precinct. Upon attempting to arrest the suspect for the violation, the suspect went into cardiac arrest and was transported by EMS to Richmond University Medical Center where he was pronounced DOA. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. The investigation is ongoing.”

Well, yes.  And such a coincidence it was that his heart went into arrest just then!

Even NYPD Chief Bill Bratton said soon afterward that police had put Garner in ‘an apparent chokehold’.  The coroner called his death a homicide caused by the chokehold and chest compression, citing his asthma, obesity, and cardiovascular disease as contributing factors.

Several days ago the public was advised that the Grand Jury was about to reach a decision, but DA Daniel Donovan had no comment, and the media fell back to the ‘the decision might be released by the end of the year’ formula.

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Is the Cop Who Murdered Eric Garner About to Be No-Billed?

I would have voted an emphatic ‘yes’ until seven minutes ago when a late-breaking story appeared citing very specific and damning Grand Jury testimony from witnesses leaked by unnamed ‘multiple sources’.  More on that after some history.

http://youtu.be/j1ka4oKu1jo

The night after police viciously choked Eric to death on July 17, the NYPD released this narrative:

“On Thursday, July 17, 2014 at approximately 1648 hours, police observed a 43-year-old male selling untaxed cigarettes in front of 202 Bay Street within the confines of the 120 Precinct. Upon attempting to arrest the suspect for the violation, the suspect went into cardiac arrest and was transported by EMS to Richmond University Medical Center where he was pronounced DOA. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. The investigation is ongoing.”

Well, yes.  And such a coincidence it was that his heart went into arrest just then!

Even NYPD Chief Bill Bratton said soon afterward that police had put Garner in ‘an apparent chokehold’.  The coroner called his death a homicide caused by the chokehold and chest compression, citing his asthma, obesity, and cardiovascular disease as contributing factors.

Several days ago the public was advised that the Grand Jury was about to reach a decision, but DA Daniel Donovan had no comment, and the media fell back to the ‘the decision might be released by the end of the year’ formula.

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Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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