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At least that was the subtext of the Democrat mayor’s message to New Yorkers yesterday, after a duly sworn grand jury failed to indict a NYPD officer in the death of bootleg cigarette salesman Eric Garner.
Though he called it a “very painful day,” Mayor Bill de Blasio refrained from criticizing a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner today — and said the investigation into his death is not over.
“So many people in the city are feeling pain right now, and we’re grieving again over the loss of Eric Garner, who was a father, a husband, a son, a good man—a man who should be with us and isn’t. …
… Mr. de Blasio said the issue is a “profoundly personal” one for him, as the father of a black teenage son.
“Chirlane and I have had to talk to Dante for years about the dangers that he may face,” Mr. de Blasio said, even as a law-abiding young man. “We have to literally train him, as families have all over this city for decades, in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him.” [read it all here]
What was Mayor de Blasio saying here? That Eric Garner was killed by the NYPD because he was black?
Excuse me, but when a politician comes with built-in aliases I’m always a little dubious of anything he or she says.
Without question the police officer who killed Eric Garner stepped out of policy when he implemented the chokehold that cutoff oxygen to Garner’s brain.
And unquestionably Eric Garner should not have died in a chump-change arrest for bootlegging cigarettes that city, state and federal government have outrageously overtaxed beyond an average smoker’s reach.
But Garner did not die because he was a “father, a husband, a son, good man.” And he darned sure didn’t die because he was black.
Eric Garner died because he resisted arrest. It shouldn’t have happened but it would not have happened, had he cooperated when confronted by the police. Whether the arrest was justified or not.
So just what special words of wisdom does Mayor Bill de Blasio think young Dante needs to cope with law enforcement in contemporary society? This is assuming, of course, that Dante hasn’t already taken up, say, robbing Asian convenience store owners for fun and profit, and there is no reason to believe he has.
How about… “Son, always obey the law. Do what police officers tell you to do, even when you think they are wrong. You can deal with all of that later…”?
But Warren Wilhelm, Jr. aka Warren de Blasio-Wilhelm aka Billy Wilhelm aka Billy de Blasio aka Mayor Bill de Blasio cannot very well do that, can he?
Especially when he is busy disseminating inflammatory “post racial” rhetoric like this…
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