Last night, Jon Stewart weighed in on the grand jury’s decision not to indict the NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner in the infamous chokehold case in Staten Island and concluded that “we are definitely not living in a post-racial society”.
Stewart was harshly critical of the grand jury’s decision. Drawing a parallel with Michael Brown’s shooting death, which also resulted in a non-indictment, he noted that in Ferguson there could be a case for police self-defense. But not in Staten Island, he said:
But here, there is none of that. The coroner called it a homicide. The guy’s not acting threatening and we know that not through witness testimony or unreliable bystanders, but because we are f***ing watching it.
What is so utterly depressing is that none of the ambiguities that existed in the Ferguson case exist in the Staten Island case. And yet the outcome is exactly the same.
Here is the full three-minute segment:
1. “I honestly donΓÇÖt know what to say”, Stewart said.
2. “And yet the outcome is exactly the same.”
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