Earlier today, Brian Anderson revealed how a Staten Island grand jury had declined to indict the NYC officer who inadvertently and accidentally killed Eric Garner. A few hours after the decision was announced, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio decided to twist the whole Eric Garner case and make it all about race and racism:
This is profoundly personal to me. I was at the White House the other day, and the president of the United States turned to me, and he met Dante a few months ago, and he said that Dante reminded him of what he looked like as a teenager. And he said I know you see this crisis through a very personal lens. And I said to him, I did.
Because Chirlane and I have had to talk to Dante for years about the dangers that he may face. A good young man, law-abiding young man who would never think to do anything wrong. And yet, because of a history that still hangs over us, the dangers he may face, we’ve had to literally train him—as families have all over this city for decades—in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him.
And that painful sense of contradiction that our young people see first, that our police are here to protect us, and we honor that, and at the same time, there’s a history we have to overcome, because for so many of our young people, there’s a fear. And for so many of our families, there’s a fear.
So I’ve had to worry over the years. Chirlane’s had to worry. Is Dante safe each night? There are so many families in this city who feel that each and every night. Is my child safe? And not just from some of the painful realities—crime and violence in some of our neighborhoods—but is safe from the very people they want to have faith in as their protectors.
That’s the reality.
. . . This is now a national moment of grief, a national moment of pain and searching for a solution. And you’ve heard in so many places, people of all backgrounds utter the same basic phrase. They’ve said “Black lives matter.” And they said it because it had to be said. It’s a phrase that should never have to be said. It should be self-evident. But our history, sadly, requires us to say that black lives matter.
Excuse me, but what the hell does this extraordinarily racially charged statement have to do with the Eric Garner case? Mr. Garner suffered a tragic death because he chose to resist the orders of an NYC officer who was trying to apprehend Garner for selling loose cigarettes, which is against the law. This resistance inspired the officer to try and apprehend Garner. It was during this confrontation that the officer applied a highly controversial but not illegal choke-hold that sadly led to Mr. Garner’s untimely death.
Irony? He was selling loose cigarettes because a black market for such cigarettes exists in NYC. Why does such a market exist? Because New York’s liberal leaders levy a state tax of $4.35 per pack, while NYC’s liberal leaders levy an additional city tax of $1.50. The Washington Times adds that cigarette smuggling has increased by 59 percent since 2006 because of these unnecessary taxes.
Regardless, the fact remains that the case had nothing whatsoever to do with race. It had to do with someone who was breaking the law, however draconian it may be. And like Brian Anderson astutely noted, Eric Garner voluntarily “resisted arrest and forced officers to battle him to take him into custody.”
This is not to say that his resistance excuses the officer’s unbelievably stupid error in judgment. This is only to say that the case never had anything to do with race, and I sincerely believe that.
Story Lead via [Hannity]