The Political Agitator response: It is good to see so many towns across the nation taking a stand on what is going on across the nation. I am happy to see folks across the nation are sending a message that enough is enough.
Durham, N.C. — Frustration and concern echoed once again in the Triangle and across the country Thursday night as demonstrators protested another grand jury decision in an officer-involved death – less than two weeks after doing the same for a similar case.
This time, crowds in Durham and Raleigh were smaller and did not disrupt traffic.
A Staten Island, N.Y. grand jury on Wednesday found “no reasonable cause” to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. In July, Pantaleo used an apparent chokehold to subdue Garner, who was being arrested for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. A medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide, noting that the chokehold was a contributing factor. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: This is sad, how do you serve in a capacity when you feel this way. These guys are dangerous.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department revealed this week that five deputies were under investigation for allegedly sending racist text messages while on duty.
In a statement on Tuesday, Sheriff Phil Plummer said that two of the five deputies — Sheriff’s Capt. Thomas J. Flanders and Detective Michael J. Sollenberger — had been placed on indefinite paid administrative leave starting on Dec. 1.
According to WDTN, Flanders is in charge of the Montgomery County Jail, and Sollenberger works with the internal affairs unit and is a member of the SWAT team. The three other deputies had not been identified by name, and had not been suspended. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: I totally agree with all of the following!
Ok. Being that I watched the video a few times showing the confrontation of the NYPD officers and Eric Garner, let me weigh in on both the senseless MURDER and the actions of Mr. Garner.
Let’s begin with the actions of the MURDERED victim. Because he felt that he was being harassed by the NYPD, it is very clear and without question that Mr. Garner did not comply with the directives given to him by the officer. Lesson #1…….when an officer verbalize the four words “You are under arrest,” ALWAYS comply. If you choose not to, you will certainly end up on the losing end. Having served as a police officer, my training taught me to identify aggressive behavior (stiffening of the body, clenched fists, defensive stance, combative, clenching the teeth, raising your voice, etc.,) Mr. Garner was resisting arrest as he attempted to express why he shouldn’t be arrested. Lesson #2…….Although you may feel officers are wrong when you are confronted by them (and they could very well be), the sidewalk is not the place to present your case; the court is. Comply and then wait for the appropriate date and designated place to present your side. Lesson #3…….Physical force will always be used against noncompliance and aggressive behavior. ALWAYS! There is so much more I can point out from an officer’s perspective but can you imagine what the outcome could’ve been if he didn’t fail to comply with a lawful order and resist arrest. The officers were wrong, but their directives were lawful orders until the court ruled otherwise.
Now, let’s look at the NYPD officers. As Police Officers, it is a part of universal training to only use the APPROPRIATE amount of force to subdue suspects. In this case involving Eric Garner, the officer’s action not only violated departmental policy, but was excessive, negligent, reckless, and in violation of the law. He killed that man! The officer who applied the choke hold and the other officers who stood there and did nothing to stop their partner should have been indicted along with him.
Note: The article was posted on Alvin Jones facebook page and I just had to share it. Will share more of his writings in the future posts on The DCN News Blog Online TV.
The Political Agitator response: “The badge and gun is too much power for a bigot and racist.”
The Rev. William Barber President, N.C. NAACP. I totally agree!
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held an open public forum Wednesday night at Greater Love Christian Community Church geared to inform people about the racial disparities in the local, state and national justice systems.
The church was filled with parents and children listening to N.C. NAACP President the Rev. William Barber and others discuss the continuing issue of racial profiling against people of color.
Protests continue to occur across the country following recent grand jury decisions not to indict a white Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of 18-year-old unarmed black teenager Mike Brown in Missouri or a white New York police officer in the July chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: Damn! Here we go again? Like someone said, how much evidence is needed? My response is depends on what color you are.
A Staten Island grand jury cleared an NYPD cop in the chokehold death of Eric Garner during his caught-on-video arrest for peddling loose cigarettes, the Staten Island district attorney confirmed Wednesday.
The panel voted a “no-bill” and dismissed all potential charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo.
The blockbuster decision capped weeks of investigation by the special grand jury, which was empaneled in September specifically to review evidence in Garner’s racially charged death.
In a statement released by his union, Pantaleo said: “I became a police officer to help people and to protect those who can’t protect themselves.”
“It is never my intention to harm anyone and I feel very bad about the death of Mr. Garner,” he added. (Source: Read more)