NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, to the surprise and appreciation of many New Yorkers, didn’t pull a Ray Kelly. Instead, he immediately condemned what clearly appeared from the video of Eric Garner’s seizure and killing to be a prohibited chokehold. It was just one of many problems with the needless killing, but former Commissioner Kelly would never have been man enough to admit the obvious.
Bratton moved on his cops, for the chokehold if nothing else:
The officer who placed Mr. Garner in what appeared to be a chokehold while trying to put him under arrest, Daniel Pantaleo, was ordered to turn in his badge and gun; another officer who first approached Mr. Garner, Justin Damico, was reassigned to desk duty; and the roles of the other officers at the scene who helped wrestle Mr. Garner to the ground are under review by the Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau as investigators await the results of an autopsy by the medical examiner’s office.
In the past, it’s unlikely the names of the cops involved would have been released, because police deserve privacy, according to their defenders, to go with their special rights. Instead, media statement number 6 would be trotted out, about how we need to reserve judgment, about how an investigation will be conducted that will take at least 3 years, about how if you don’t like cops, next time call a criminal. The usual.
Remembering the big guy on Sunday, notably because he was a peacemaker in Tompkinsville Park whose worst affront to the dignity of Staten Island was to hawk individual cigarettes, a preacher was tired of hearing the same story line.
“I’ve heard what is needed is more police training,” Bishop Victor A. Brown told his congregation at Mount Sinai United Christian Church, a few blocks from Tompkinsville Park. “The police get enough training; a mind-set is the issue. Enough is enough. Stop killing our people.”
He’s absolutely right. It’s not training; it’s attitude. It’s always been attitude. And before anyone “explains” that the problem is Eric Garner just didn’t comply, Eric Garner was a serial untaxed cigarette seller, Eric Garner had 31 priors (as if this bears any relevance to this take down), none of this matters. Too many people are being harmed, killed, over squat. That’s a matter of attitude, not need.
The opportunity to recognize the attitude adjustment needed is staring cops in the face. When two cops were taken out in Vegas, some of us tried to calm the anger, the hatred, that’s seething below the surface toward the police. This is the act of madmen. Not all cops are violent. Not all cops care nothing for the lives of the people they pretend to serve and protect.
Bratton may be getting the message. Certainly, his reaction was a world apart from his predecessor, much to PBA President Pat Lynch’s usual ire:
NYPD’s decision to reassign the officers was criticized by Pat Lynch, the president of the city’s largest police union who called it a “completely unwarranted, knee-jerk reaction” that denies Pantaleo the “very benefit of a doubt that has long been part of the social contract that allows police officers to face the risks of this difficult and complex job.”
Lynch’s social contract is a bit different than the one that binds the rest of society together. Always with an excuse for police violence at the ready, Lynch defends his cops, no matter who was killed or why. He’s well-paid to play the fool. But other cops have no similar excuse:
Dont resist. I don’t understand why these people don’t simply comply. He would be out already with a DAT. What would his penalty have been? A fine perhaps? More than likely, he would have been cut loose with a warning. Unreal. I wish the officers well, its gonna be a bumpy ride.
A more accurate headline would be “Non Compliant Fat Bastard Gets Just Due In Resisting Law Enforcement Officers”
I guess it’s the best thing for his tribe. He probably never worked a legit job. They city will pay off the family and they will be in Nigggaaa heaven for the rest of their lives!!
Fat fck perp who was anointed a Saint by all who knew him. Married, noticed how they put that in there, because 9 times out of 10 it’s not the case.
This video will gain a lot of traction and heads will roll. Pretty much every cop there will be modified.
As far as the grab around the neck, I would have done the same thing. That piece of sh!t was too fat and wide to grab anywhere else.
Seems it was conveniently edited as well. Maybe missing a few details of the mutts action?
I wouldn’t be surprised if the act, he seems to be well rehearsed at, has let him get away with previous crimes. Some cops would just back off and not take him into custody, making it more difficult for the cops that follow to arrest this guy. Can’t wait for the autopsy result, the police action had very little to do with his death, he caused his own death with his non-compliance, overeating and lack of physical activity.
These may not reflect the reactions of most cops, but then, where are the “good” cops speaking out against the need to have forcibly taken Eric Garner down? The reasons why other cops remain silent are well-known, and understandable. But they’re wrong. The cops on this “rant” are empowered to spew their dangerous attitude, because they have no fear any brother cop will tell them to STFU. Others may cringe, but they will do so in silence. The gung-ho haters may not be the majority, but they are loud and brazen. They dictate the attitude, but only because the good cops lack the guts to shut them up.
Much as people like me, who find the Pat Lynches and Ray Kellyes disgraceful, will nonetheless fight our base instincts and admonish the crazies not to harm cops out of hatred, it’s people like you, the ones who believe themselves to be the good cops, the ones who don’t want to harm people over nothing, who would rather talk their way out of contempt of cop than kill some kid’s father because your manhood has shriveled, who have to grow up, man up, take ownership of your force, your team, your job.
You may have greater firepower, but there are a lot more people out there without shields on their chest who are coming increasingly close to choosing not to die at the hands of police without a fight. Push hard and far enough, and you may find that no military uniform, no tank, will protect a cop from the anger and hatred of a citizenry that’s had enough.
Bishop Brown was right. You’ve got all the training you need. That excuse is played. The problem is your mindset, your attitude that the life of a person is worthless. Some cops have the attitude that the use of violence against guys who have hurt no one is their right, and they feel nothing at the killing of Eric Garner. Other cops have the attitude that this was a senseless, needless, killing, but they also have the attitude that they will never say so to their fellow cops and risk the anger of the hard cases, who will make fun of them, demean them, for not being tough, manly enough cops. For not being killers. For not laughing at the death of some “fat fck” who could have avoided it all if he only complied.
Both attitudes are the problem. Fix them both.
H/T Radley Balko