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THE GARNER MURDER CASE: We Are Not Done Till There Is Absolute Justice

Two weeks ago, I wrote on a murder incident that left me in great shock and deep sadness, for a while. It was the Eric Garner murder. If you have not read about the incident yet, click here to do so. I have continued to follow the aftermath of the sad event, amidst public outcry and the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio’s interest in an investigation.

It was worrisome that nearly two weeks after, there had been no significant positive development on the case. I have been scared that the Eric Garner murder will become one of those cases that though clearly deserve justice, would miss the honour. However, last week, on Friday to be precise, I read a news report stating that autopsy has confirmed that Eric Garner was indeed killed by cops from the New York Police Department (NYPD). He died from the chokehold. Also, according to the New York Daily News, “prone positioning during physical restraint by police”” contributed to Garner’s death. 

That is very encouraging news. Yes, it was obvious from photos that the chokehold from an NYPD cop who was assisted by other police officers who were holding Garner down, killed the 43-year old. However, autopsy confirming the cause of death is probably part of the due process for an investigation. I would like to state that – through the autopsy, the obvious has been confirmed for the courts! 

I am now hoping that this latest development/great evidence will be put to good use by the courts. Like I wrote in my first article on Eric Garner, justice in the American justice system often seems to take a plunge when an African-American is the victim. So, I am far from ceasing to raise awareness on the illegal execution of Eric Garner by NYPD cops – Garner’s supposed-to-be protectors.

Please join the Garner family, others and myself to keep seeking justice for Eric Garner. Use the already existing hashtag – #JusticeForEricGarner on your social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Also invite your friends to join in on this great cause.

Peace & #JusticeForEricGarner,

Chiamaka.

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