And Justice For None
This post could also be subtitled, Eric Garner–A parallel post. Last month I penned another blog post called, “Ferguson: Right or Wrong” (http://wp.me/p5jxvv-2y, 11/25/14). I felt an injustice had occurred when it came to Michael Brown’s death. An unarmed teen shot dead at the hands of a white officer smacked of injustice. Approximately 100 people read my post, and my stance was criticized by the overwhelming majority of them.
My readers implied that I was guilty of some kind of reverse racism. I predict that response will run parallel to the lambasting that I believe awaits my position regarding Daniel Pantaleo, the Caucasian officer that put Eric Garner in a chokehold this past summer which killed him. Once again the victim is an unarmed black man with his whole life ahead of him. Mr. Garner was not only relatively young but a husband and father of six. Officer Pantaleo, like Officer Wilson, Michael Brown’s killer, was exonerated.
As a whole my “Ferguson” readers seemed to feel that Michael Brown’s crimes warranted Darren Wilson’s actions. “He stole,” some explained when referring to Brown. “He grabbed Officer Wilson’s gun,” others insisted when defending Wilson. I backed off, somewhat glad that my readers could find a community of like-minded people inside my blog.
So tonight I ask my critics of Ferguson: Right or Wrong do you again feel the victim’s crime fits his punishment? According to CNN’s Legal Analyst Jeffrey Tobin, Mr. Garner’s crime, that cost him his life, was as follows: he was selling cigarettes tax free. [Read more…]