The China Post news staff
The recent spate of racially charged police controversies in the U.S. raises plenty of questions about racial discrimination and police abuse of power. The case of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was shot by police during an altercation in the city of Ferguson, has exploded with a grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson. The case of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old waving a BB gun lacking identification that it was not real, who was shot within 2 seconds of police arrival, is another tragic case of a mishandled crisis situation. However, it is the decision of a grand jury to not indict the cop responsible for the death of Eric Garner that has aroused even more incredulity and heated condemnation. In the incident caught on video, the unarmed, obese asthmatic was placed in a chokehold after an argument with police over selling loose cigarettes. He panted ��I can’t breathe�� more than seven times before falling silent and later dying of a heart attack. The first failing exposed here is the lack of proper training, or the failure to live up to previous training, when carrying out law enforcement duties. New York Police Department regulations prohibit the chokehold, and yet it was used on Garner by Officer Daniel Pantaleo. What has been described as even more horrendous than the initial swarming was revealed by the completeness of the footage. When the seven police officers swarmed on the man, choking his windpipe with their pressure, they refused to heed his calls for mercy. More damningly, the cops were revealed to be milling around for more than six minutes after they radioed for ER, without carrying out CPR or showing obvious concern, before an ambulance arrived. The apparent indifference is currently blasted as being cold-hearted. This is being taken as evidence by some critics as lack of concern for black lives. Even conscripts in the Taiwan military are taught simple resuscitation techniques. If short-term, mandatory military service members are taught the basic procedure for savings lives, there is absolutely no excuse for members of the NYPD, who have to serve the people of the region on a daily basis, to be incapable of carrying out CPR. It is also unacceptable for them to have failed to recognize that a man who passed out may be in need of emergency resuscitation. The NYPD has shown that at a minimum it has failed to instill a respectable standard of service in all its members, which includes techniques for saving people as well as deterring crime.