The man was pushed down on the ground and could not breathe, and he said it over and over again.
He was a very large man, but not threatening. He put his hands up, and then a half dozen or so wrested him to the ground.
And a baton choked him in a move that was purely outside of the rules for NYPD for the past two decades.
When a prosecutor related this story to a grand jury--they didn't deliver any reason to indict and try the officer who choked the life out of someone in a video we all could see for ourselves. And I wasn't in that jury so I don't know why that is--I just know that it is. And It doesn't feel right. It doesn't seem like a prosecutor trying whether there's reasonable cause to bring someone up on charges, lets the officer testify on his own behalf for hours, as was done here, and in the Ferguson case. These grand juries feel like a kind of cover-up or attempt to ignore the facts in those cases, and reasonable people know that isn't right.
I have to express my thoughts that this isn't right because if I don't say it, it's like I'm agreeing with it, and I can't. There is an unfairness in our legal justice system, and it has killed men and women. And that unfairness will persist until we really address it.
I don't know what bodies in the streets will do. I don't feel confident that cameras, body or squad car, can't be worked around. But I have to say the status quo doesn't seem right, because it just doesn't. Because of his young family. Because he was too sick to work legit and hustled loosies to feed his kids.
We have a video and some idea of the dynamic that killed this man. And I would say--more needs to be done.
How can anyone breathe if the law isn't for everyone?