While the death of Eric Garner was a horrible tragedy causing an outcry around the nation, there is one detail emerging from that day that could potentially change the way this incident is being portrayed.
The police sergeant supervising Officer Pantaleo as he placed Eric Garner in the chokehold that eventually led to his death was a black female.
While this does not make what happened any less horrendous, it does put into question the racial motivation of the incident, since many are painting this story as yet another white-cop on black-man incident.
From a news report back in July from PIX11, it was revealed that the sergeant’s name was Kizzy Adoni. Throughout the incident, she does nothing to stop the actions of Officer Pantaleo, as the man can be heard countless times in the video saying that he could not breathe.
Additionally, there is no mention of the female officer in any of the news reports, even though she was the supervising officer on the scene that day.
According to a news report by NBC News in New York, all of the other officers during the incident were offered immunity in exchange for their testimony before the grand jury.
“Pantaleo is the only NYPD member facing possible indictment. Others at the scene, including two sergeants, were offered immunity for their testimony to the grand jury.”
Murder was never an option for the jury to consider, but many legal experts believed the burden of proof was met to bring reckless manslaughter or negligent homicide charges against Pantaleo.
Due to the fact that Pantaleo’s actions were supervised by a black female sergeant, a civil rights case would likely be dismissed, according to Denis Hamill, who writes for the New York Daily News.
“Pantaleo who applied the lethal chokehold on Eric Garner was supervised by an African-American female NYPD sergeant,” Hamill said. “Having that black sergeant in charge of that crime scene takes race out of the equation. As awful as Pantaleo’s actions appear on that video, at no time does that black sergeant order Pantaleo to stop choking Garner.… Any chance of a federal civil rights case will be hampered by that African-American police sergeant’s presence.”
With this detail emerging, it throws a huge wrench into the narrative that this incident was racially motivated. The truth of the matter is this man suffered a grave injustice at the hands of bad policing that day, as the officers’ actions of going against the department’s protocol by implementing a chokehold ended up costing a man his life. However, racism was not involved in his death.
Courtesy of Mad World News