Another death at the hands of police goes unpunished

Chokeholds are illegal for New York cops. The cop placed a chokehold on Eric Garner, a petty criminal, anyway.

Garner was subdued by four police officers and, in very short order, presented no threat to anyone. Yet the cop maintained the chokehold.

Garner screamed that he could not breathe, yet the cop maintained the chokehold.

Garner died and the coroner ruled his death a homicide. All of this was captured on film.

That no charges resulted from this, even minor ones, is appalling and inexcusable. We do not, last I checked, have a death penalty for petty crime in this country.

Craig Calcaterra

Craig is the national baseball writer for NBCSports.com. He writes about things other than sports at Craigcalcaterra.com. He lives in New Albany, Ohio with his wife, two kids, and many cats.

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