Staten Island grand jury has chosen not to bring charges in the death of Eric Garner, a New York man who died after being placed in a chokehold by New York officer Daniel Pantaleo.
The hip hop community took to social media with hashtags like #EricGarner and #ICantBreathe to talk about what is, in my opinion, a disgusting ruling. Eric Garner was put in a choke hold for selling e-cigarettes on the street without proper taxing. He was non-violent, and asked to be left alone. After being attacked by over 4 men he begged that he couldn't breathe. Ignoring his pleas, the NYPD officers suffocated him. Wednesday the judges ruled that there would be no charges pressed even though the father of three was taken down in an illegal choke hold after saying that he would not be violent.
Big Boi, MC Hammer, atmosphere, John Legend, Lecrae, and Ice T (just to name a few) spoke on the ridiculous outcome of this case. As someone who calls New York City home, knowing that the people who are meant to keep us safe are the ones that are killing non-aggressive fathers, husbands, and sons is absolutely terrifying.
I attached the video of the attack on Eric, but warn you that it is incredibly disturbing.