I Can’t Breathe

A recent NY Daily News cover...

A recent NY Daily News cover..

After the death of Michael Brown in St. Louis, the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island and the lack of a grand jury able to recommend a trial has outraged the country.

I don’t know if this is a turning point for police/citizen relations in this country. Nor do I know if this was something based solely on racial biases. I was not a fan of Mike Brown’s family and the stepfather’s incitement to riot, telling the Ferguson crowd to burn this b***h down, the b***h being the town of Ferguson.

But I do have two words of importance.

Al Pacino in the role of Frank Serpico.

Al Pacino in the role of Frank Serpico.

Remember Serpico.  Frank Serpico, to be precise.

Many years ago, Mr. Serpico was in a lone wolf in the face of widespread NYPD corruption and graft. Nearly lost his life when his fellow officers put him in danger during a drug bust in the early 70’s.

Maybe the Garner choke-out is a case of everything that was once old being new again? Maybe Garner didn’t want to be shaken down. It certainly would explain why the EMT’s would say Garner was breathing (thus no need for any attempt at CPR) when he said over and over that he couldn’t.

I don’t know how much more of this our country can take. Police and the citizenry have to work hand and hand. When you don’t have that, you don’t have balance that’s necessary for law and order.


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