Some perspectives on the killing of Eric Garner by an NYPD officer

You will most likely have seen has been another black man killed by police, this time in New York and, this time actually filmed.

Here’s a report on the decision.

This video shows what happened.

I find this article very interesting as it points out the similarities between recent police-caused deaths of blacks and the lynchings from 1882 to 1964. Firstly, when you look at the definition of lynching, it is much broader than the popular notion of a black man being hung from a tree. It encompasses women and children and other forms of killing. By this broader definition, Eric Garner was lynched. Also:

What is often overlooked is that police, during the height of lynching, were complicit in most lynchings. In  the book Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930, it was determined that 64 percent of lynching victims in the early 20th century were actually seized from jails.

Also, in best traditions of whistleblowing, Ramsey Orta, the one who filmed the choking has been indicted in what looks liking a framing job by the police.

All consistent with what is happening in the United States in particular, but actually all over the planet.

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