As news came Wednesday that a grand jury has decided not to indict a New York City police officer in the choking death of 43-year-old Eric Garner this summer, President Barack Obama, the nation's first African-American president, argued that there's bias in the way law enforcement engages communities of color and asserted that it "is an American problem."
Interrupting his address at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, Obama noted in sober comments that while police officers across the nation have a difficult job to do, they can only perform effectively "if everybody has confidence in the system."
As of now, he said, that does not appear to be the case. more >>
Family and supporters of Eric Garner, 43, the 400-pound asthmatic father who died after he was locked in a chokehold by a New York City police officer in Staten Island this summer, expressed collective shock at the decision of a grand jury not to bring criminal charges against the officer on Wednesday.
Reacting to the news in a report in The Daily News, Eric Garner's widow, Esaw Garner, said: "Oh my God, are you serious? I'm very disappointed. You can see in the video that he (the cop) was dead wrong!"
A nearly 3-minute video of the encounter between Garner and NYPD officers posted on YouTube, shows Garner screaming "I can't breathe, I can't breathe," repeatedly before falling silent as cops swarmed him when he refused to be handcuffed after expressing surprise that the officers were harassing him for trying to break up a fight. more >>
An Asian American couple held in a Qatar jail for nearly a year after the death of one of their adopted children will return to their home in the United States today after being acquitted of murder charges.
Grace and Matt Huang, previously detained, tried and convicted for allegedly starving their adopted daughter Gloria, were cleared of those charges over the weekend. However, Qatar officials had continued to bar the Huangs from returning to the states as late as Monday. Officials lifted the travel ban this week after U.S. Ambassador to Qatar Dana Smith filed a motion on the couple's behalf.
The Los Angeles couple moved to the Arabic nation in 2012 so that Matthew Huang could work with an international company constructing sites for the 2022 World Cup. Their lives were turned upside down when 8-year-old Gloria died in January 2013. more >>
Riots and protests have occurred throughout the nation in the wake of the Ferguson decision. The national news media has done all but call the protestors to arms.
Many of the people taking part in these "demonstrations" have been holding signs that read, "Black Lives Matter." I could not agree more.
Abortion giant Planned Parenthood even took a stance on this hot button topic, issuing a statement that said, "Black Lives Matter." What irony! Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood is known for her efforts to significantly reduce the black population. She saw abortion as a solution to black poverty and even spoke at a Ku Klux Klan rally and raved about its success. Where is the outrage over this blatant discrimination and hate? more >>
Lots of people are apparently seeking their 15 minutes of fame by destroying the property and life's work of people unfortunate enough to live in Ferguson, Missouri. They don't seem to be worried that their face on ever-present network news will be used as evidence to convict them of looting, arson, vandalism, or other crimes. And is anybody concerned about prison time for incitement to riot? Inflaming passions, stirring up grievances, and providing excuses about "seeking justice" might all get cloaked in the First Amendment with the help of clever lawyers and controlled media.
But what is really going on? Does anybody believe that indicting a cop who was acting in self-defense, according to a grand jury, could be just? Or helpful? So why would anyone who suggests such an absurd idea get one minute of airtime?
People engaged in mob violence are not thinking logically. It's a form of insanity. But assignment editors, commentators, and editorial boards have no excuse. They sit protected in climate-controlled offices, and have access to the big picture. Riots, protests, and "die-ins" nationwide are not spontaneous events. They are carefully planned, orchestrated, and scripted. more >>
The grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri police shooting case of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson was not even close. Twelve people, black and white, came to the right conclusion.
When all the facts came out, race industry hustlers could hardly argue that the decision was unjust. Even Jesse Jackson, who took very little time away from Thanksgiving with his families, couldn't quibble.
Trying to incite further violence, Al Sharpton still preached, "don't take your gloves off" afterward. He should leave Ferguson, avoid the spotlight, and go where no one will see him: back to MSNBC. Sharpton demands accountability in others, often visits Obama in the White House, and owes $4.5 million in taxes. more >>