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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Andrew Rei On Eric Garner (Victim Of Summary Execution)

 Andrew Rei...friend of the TPI on Eric Garner and death by New York Police trial, conviction and execution..... (Descriptive parenthetics added by The Pardu)

Andrew Rei
I've had a few days to think about the death of Eric Garner....

As we know, Garner was the 43-year-old father of six in NYC that had a confrontation with the NYPD. One of the officers used an illegal "chokehold" on Garner. While Garner lie on the ground saying, "I can't breathe", none of the several police officers and even four EMT personnel thought to give CPR or chest compressions. Later, Garner died of a heart attack in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Portland residents, I'm sure, had a chill run up their spine with the similarity of the Garner case to that of James Chasse in 2006. Chasse was a homeless and mentally ill man who was suspected of "offensive littering", the city code's crime designation for public urination. Chasse was confronted by two Portland Police officers and a Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputy. Chasse ran and one of the officers chased him down, eventually making a football-type tackle. But, when the officer tackled Chasse, he put his full weight on top of him. Chasse was cleared to be taken to jail by EMT personnel at the scene. But, when Chasse was brought to the Justice Center, the nurses at the Center refused to allow him to be admitted, saying that his injuries needed to be tended to. While Chasse was in the back of a police car that was on its way to Portland Adventist Hospital (which was across the river from where he was arrested), he died. An autopsy revealed that Chasse had 16 fractured ribs and a total of 26 broken bones. The County Medical Examiner eventually ruled Chasse's death by "blunt force trauma" (aka, the tackle by the police officer).

While Chasse's "heinous crime" was public urination, Garner's was selling loose cigarettes....FFS (For Fucks Sake), people....

Those who know me well also know that I'm anti-Fascist. Cases like these, where the authorities use highly excessive force to subdue "low-value" criminals, dovetails, unfortunately, with the "obsession with crime and punishment" defining characteristic of Fascism. Meanwhile, in Nevada, we have a deadbeat anti-government rancher that has had his minions point guns at federal officers and even a couple who went on a shooting rampage in Vegas, situations where those criminals should have been met with deadly force, get away with Insurrection and Sedition "scot-free". WTF  (What the Fuck) is this world coming to when people in positions of power have taken complete leave of logic, reason and common sense?

The question I asked after the Chasse situation was, "why was Chasse chased down by the police?" Chasse was not a murderer, robber, rapist...he wasn't even being accused or arrested of any kind of felony----just "offensive littering". The same can be said for Garner----selling of loose cigarettes? Give me a f*cking break! Both Chasse and Garner were "low-value" suspects that didn't deserve the treatment they got. Although Portland's Mayor at the time, Tom Potter, who was a former Portland Police Chief, convened a task force to deal with changes on how the Bureau deals with mentally ill persons, country DA Michael Schrunk held a grand jury, which refused to indict the three officers. Also, the PPB didn't sanction the officers involved in any way.

I have to ask: "when does logic, reason and common sense return to law enforcement?" The Chasse case was one of several cases involving the use of force from 2003-2009 in the Portland area. For the most part, Portland Police have had the "shoot first, ask questions later" mentality regarding the use of force. And, the "shoot first" part is meant as "shoot to kill first". As we know, dead men tell no tales....

There's one fact that I left out, on purpose, from the post above: Chasse was a Caucasian man. However, because he was mentally ill, he was treated badly. I suppose that the mentally ill could be considered a "minority"....
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