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Already reeling from the Ferguson grand jury ruling, America learned there would be no indictment in the death of Eric Garner. Right-wingers wasted no time proving how low they’re willing to go.

Wingnuts blamed just about everything but police violence for Eric Garner’s death.

Normally, I let wingnuts’ vile remarks speak for themselves. This week, however, I can’t help but respond with the simple truth of what happened to Eric Garner. Eric Garner would not have died if NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo had not used an illegal chokehold to cut off his windpipe.


Eric Garner might not have died had NYPD officers not left him lying motionless on the sidewalk — unresponsive and unaided — until an ambulance arrived.


Our justice system did not indict the officer who killed Eric Garner in the video above. Instead, our justice system indicted the man who recorded the video.

The most eloquent response I’ve heard to all of the above comes from Rep. Hank Johnson (D, Georgia), who has introduced legislation to curb police militarization. Johnson gave a moving tribute to Eric Garner, while speaking about police militarization.


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