Grand jury declined to indict NYPD Officer for the choking death of Eric Garner.

On Wednesday, a grand jury declined to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner. While there are striking similarities in the Garner and Michael Brown cases, the differences may change the dynamics that led to deep racial divisions in the Missouri case. (Yahoo News). I am deeply concerned, and saddened, that this grand jury did not indict the NYPD officer who choked this man to death. Even the NYPD admitted that they train officers NOT to use choke holds. It is the equivalent to using deadly force. This man was verbally resisting and asking why he was being handcuffed. A choke hold was absolutely unnecessary, in my opinion. And most importantly, please do not use the race issue as a deciding factor. The NYPD officer did not choke this man because he was black, he choked him because the officer was ignorant, reckless, and undertrained. There are police brutality issues against white, black, women, and children across this country. We need to come together, as a nation and as human beings, this includes all of our law enforcement officers as...

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IT IS 100% LEGAL TO RECORD THE POLICE, KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!

As a U.S. citizen, you have the ABSOLUTE right to record the police in the course of their public duties. The police don’t have a right to stop you, so long as you are not interfering with their official “lawful” duties. They also don’t have a right to confiscate your cellphone or camera, or delete its contents, just because you were recording them. And more recently, law enforcement officers cannot search your cellphone without a warrant. Despite some state laws that make it illegal to record others without their consent, federal courts have held consistently that citizens have a First Amendment right to record the police as they perform their official duties in public. The Supreme Court also recently affirmed that the Fourth Amendment, protecting citizens from unlawful searches and seizures, meaning that police must obtain a signed search warrant if they want to take your cellphone. And the U.S. Department of Justice has also affirmed the court’s stances by reminding police departments that they are not supposed to harass citizens if they are recording them in public, but that is a whole different post my friends! Sadly, these rights are not always respected by the...

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