Today we learned that NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo won’t face criminal charges in the death of Eric Garner, a black Staten Island man who died after Pantaleo put him in a chokehold. Garner, who was under investigation for selling untaxed cigarettes, was unarmed at the time of his death, and video evidence leaves little doubt about what happened to him.
The death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, divided the nation not only along racial lines, but on political lines too. A recent Washington Post poll found that 63 percent of conservatives approved of the decision not to charge officer Darren Wilson in Brown’s death, while just 29 percent of liberals agreed.
In contrast, early reactions suggest that anger over the decision not to prosecute Pantaleo spans the political spectrum.
“This decision is really and truly baffling to me, and infuriating besides,” wrote Leon Wolf of the conservative blog Redstate shortly after the decision was announced.