Well, you can’t say that NYC doesn’t know how to make it worse. Ramsey Orta, the man who took the footage of Eric Garner’s arrest and death, has been indicted on a gun charge.
In response to my point in the previous post, someone answered my question about what Brown and Garner were both doing moments before their deaths. My answer had to do with the stealing and selling of tobacco. Their answer was that both men were “resisting arrest.” Quite, but even here the differences remain dramatic.
One was resisting arrest for theft, an offense recognized as socially actionable throughout the history of the whole world. The other was being harassed over violation of an imbecile law. And when you have a host of imbecile laws, you will have a host of confrontations that should never have been. This was one of them, and the fault lies squarely at the feet of those overlords in charge of “eating out our substance.” The bloated state always needs cash, and this was nothing but a raw shakedown. Brown was a thief, just like NYC.
In NYC’s defense, they were a thief who didn’t intend to kill anybody. Sometimes the shakedown goes wrong, and somebody dies. My suggestion, as mild as it might be, is that they quit the shakedowns.
Here are Eric Garner’s last words:
“Every time you see me, you want to mess with me. I’m tired of it. It stops today . . . I’m minding my business, officer, I’m minding my business. Please just leave me alone. I told you the last time, please just leave me alone. Please. Please, don’t touch me. Do not touch me . . . I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe . . .”
Contrast this with Brown’s aggressive hostility to a policeman who was doing exactly what Charles Barkley knows — unlike other people I could mention — just what policemen ought to be doing.
Also, for the race baiters, try to keep in mind that the officer in charge of the arrest was a black woman, a datum that conveniently does not show up in the footage you are seeing. This was not a racial incident. This was a different kind of outrage.
It was a travesty; it was a deadly farce. And it is a systemic problem, but it is not the systemic problem that everybody is yelling about.