In he wake of the Eric Garner decision, which follows on the heels of the Michael Brown decision, CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin, a former assistant United States attorney is having trouble reconciling the facts in the Garner case with the news that no indictment will happen.
Officer Daniel Panteleo has expressed his remorse (unlike Darren Wilson) but even the medical examiner in New York ruled Garner’s death a homicide. In light of that fact, what must a Black man do to try to achieve justice?
“I’ve been trying to make sense of this all night, all morning and I just can’t do it. We look at the facts as we know them and I see an unarmed man who was not being aggressive, not being resistant, who was taken down by a chokehold tactic that has been banned by NYPD for 20 years. I see a video with a clear use of excessive force and we see a man die in front of us, all caught on video and no indictment.”
Hostin says that she’s presented hundreds of cases as a prosecutor in front of a grand jury and she says she never went back to her office without an indictment. She says that in 2010, 162,ooo cases went in front of grand juries in the U.S. Attorney’s office and only 11 came back without an indictment.
“When a prosecutor wants to indict a case, a prosecutor gets an indictment,” Hostin says.
Still, Hostin does not believe that prosecutors who work with police day in day out should be the ones prosecuting cases against them.
“There is no way a prosecutor in a particular office should be presenting a case against someone he or she works with. You work too closely with officers, FBI agents to be asked to present cases against them. In every case of a officer-related shooting, arrest, there should be a special prosecutor.”
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Sunny Hostin On No Indictment In Eric Garner Choke Hold Case was originally published on blackamericaweb.com