NYC Grand Jury Not to Indict Killer Cop in Eric Garner Death
Carl Dix Condemns NYC Grand Jury Decision Not to Indict Killer Cop in Chokehold Death of Eric Garner
Carl Dix, co-founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, and a representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party, has issued a statement “Take to the Streets, Stay In the Streets – Say No More to Police Murder!” condemning the refusal of the New York Grand Jury to Indict the NYPD killer of unarmed Eric Garner. This the chokehold case in which Eric Garner’s last words were, “I Can’t Breathe. I Can’t Breathe” has become a rallying cry against police brutality in New York and around the country.
Excerpts of Carl Dix's statement follows.
“This decision is a huge slap in the face to everyone who has an ounce of justice in their hearts. We all saw the cops step to and harass Eric Garner because they claim he was selling loose cigarettes. We all saw them choking the life out of him as he struggled to get out the words, “I can’t breathe,” again and again. We saw them standing over his lifeless body for minutes, offering him no CPR or other emergency assistance. And we saw the cop who had administered the chokehold, a procedure banned by the NYPD, wave to the video camera as he left the scene.”
He continues: ”… the wave of police murders that have come down over the past few months – Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, Taniesha Anderson, John Crawford, Ezell Ford and many more – and it amounts to the system telling us that their police can wantonly murder people, and nothing will be done about it. We’re back to the 1857 decision by the US Supreme Court in the Dred Scott case – that Black people have no rights that this white supremacist system is bound to respect.”
And, “This is a critical time. The system is doubling down, giving its front line enforcers, the police, a green light to murder people and assuring them they will not be punished for their murderous deeds. We must redouble our efforts to resist the horror of police murder by continuing to pour into the streets, raising our voices to say that police murder is unacceptable and illegitimate, and that it must STOP!”