The notion that putting cameras on cops would be an adequate way to reform the incredible injustice that is the American criminal “justice” system has proven fatally flawed once again with the decision by a New York Grand Jury not to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel “Peckerwood” Pantaleo, even though a video camera clearly captured the exact moment and those leading up to it when he strangled 43 year-old Eric Garner until he was lifeless. Again, the entire scene is on video, and if there is anyone left reading this who has not seen the footage, here it is in all its brutality. Neither Garner’s murderer nor any of his apparent accomplices to murder showed the least amount of concern as Garner desperately pleaded with them as his life was slipping away, “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I can breathe. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.”
But while there wasn’t enough “probable cause” (so we are told) to indict Peckerwood Pantaleo for anything at all, we are asked to believe there is reason to indict Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed Garner’s lynching by police and was responsible for exposing this crime to the world. This is a familiar tactic. Police departments and police unions quite routinely intimidate and target those who speak up against their brutal and racist tactics. On Monday, police in Ferguson announced they might possibly seek charges against Michael Brown’s stepfather of all people after it was announced there would be no indictment of one of that town’s resident pigs Darren Wilson. And now we’re learning that the youngest member of dixiecrat Governor Jay Nixon’s politicized “Ferguson Commission”, 20 year-old Rasheen Aldridge (whose never been in trouble with the law before btw), is being charged with “third-degree assault” on a city marshal, though the video prosecutors claim warrants such a charge shows completely the opposite.
Eric Garner, of course, was killed by a gang of complicit NYPD officers on July 17, though Pantaleo is directly responsible for his death as he was the officer who strangled him to death. Outrage over Garner’s death and the apparent decision not to arrest the cop who killed him spread throughout New York City and the nation as Ramsey Orta’s video went viral. Then suddenly, on the 2nd day of August, NYPD officers locate a gun on a 17 year-old coming from Hotel Richmond in St. George on Staten Island. Somehow they come to the conclusion that the gun is linked to Mr. Ramsey Orta, so they arrest him and charge him with “single felony counts of third-degree criminal weapon possession and criminal firearm possession.” His bail is set at the outrageously high amount of $75,000. Mr. Orta’s wife, Chrissie Ortiz, said the indictment was “total b.s.” and insisted, as has Ramsey Orta himself, that the charges were trumped up and in retaliation for Orta’s video bringing so much scrutiny to the NYPD’s brutal tactics. After Mrs. Ortiz spoke out against what she believed was an NYPD smear campaign against her husband, she was arrested just two days later.
Aside from the motive on the part of the cops to retaliate (Orta says one of the cops who arrested him even said directly to him, “Karma’s a bitch”), another reason for bringing the charges was undoubtedly to discredit Orta as a viable witness in the eyes of the Grand Jury, a jury which was apparently predisposed to believe anything the cops fed them in the first place. According to Ramsey Orta, the grand jury members asked him incessantly about his “criminal” past and how that might’ve played into his motive for filming the police officers as they attempted to arrest Eric Garner. They also kept alluding to Garner’s allegedly having been selling “loosie cigarettes” before. Some of them weren’t even paying attention to him while his was giving his testimony at all, instead fiddling with their phones and having conversations among themselves. And when they did decide to ask him a question, it would always be about his personal life or that of Eric Garner, never about officer Pantaleo.
All around the country we are seeing that the law functions in such a way that police officers, regardless of how vile, inhumane and racist their actions are, are always deemed to be justified and working within the frame of the law. Meanwhile, those who speak out against the unconsciously high amount of police brutality and cruelty, such as the more than 280 people that have been arrested while peacefully protesting the grand jury’s ridiculous decision not to indict Daniel “Peckerwood” Pantaleo, are retaliated against through means of arrest, incarceration, and are saddled with burdensome debt. But what else are we to expect? The American “criminal justice” system has not an ounce of credibility. Those who deserve to be in jail more than anyone else, killer cops, are given complete immunity for just about anything they do, while at the same time an extraordinary number of low-level offenders are locked away in cages though they should never have been sent there in the first place.