In the wake of the Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict Daniel Pantaleo for choking Eric Garner to death, The New York Times has published a scathing editorial condemning the ruling, Pantaleo and the NYPD.
“What is clear is this was vicious policing and an innocent man is dead,” the Times states. “Another conclusion is also obvious. Officer Pantaleo was stripped of his gun and badge; he needs to be stripped of his job. He used forbidden tactics to brutalize a citizen who was not acting belligerently, posed no risk of flight, brandished no weapon and was heavily outnumbered.”
With that set up, the Times then rightly digs into the NYPD.
“Any police department that tolerates such conduct, and whose officers are unable or unwilling to defuse such confrontations without killing people, needs to be reformed. And though the chance of a local criminal case is now foreclosed, the Justice Department is right to swiftly investigate what certainly seem like violations of Mr. Garner’s civil rights.”