I think what is so utterly depressing is that none of the ambiguities that existed in the Ferguson case exist in the Staten Island case. And yet the outcome is exactly the same: no crime, no trial; all harm, no foul.
At least in the Ferguson case you had conflicting witness testimony; you had conflicting forensics. You had the spectre, at least, of police self-defense. But (in the Eric Garner case), there is none of that. The coroner called it a homicide. The guy’s not acting threatening and we know that not through witness testimony (of) unreliable bystanders, but because we are fucking watching it. Someone taped it.
A couple of days ago, the White House proposed more cameras on cop vests as a solution to this type of violence. I assume that the solution that they’re proposing, if implemented, would look something the Eric Garner case.
… We are definitely not living in a post-racial society, and I can imagine there are a lot of people imagining what kind of society we’re living in at all.
—JON STEWART, The Daily Show
(via because i am a woman)