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 author of the daily baseball (and other things) newsletter, Cup of Coffee. He writes about other things at He lives in New Albany, Ohio with his wife, two kids, and many cats.

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