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Will Stephon Clark be Different?

Will Stephon Clark be Different?

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Earl Ofari Hutchinson — One week after the slaying of Stephon Clark by Sacramento police officers, prosecutors in Baton Rouge, Louisiana announced that the officers who gunned down Alton Sterling will not be prosecuted. The general reaction was ho hum, what else is new. The public cynicism over prosecuting cops who overuse deadly force against unarmed blacks is well warranted.  The checklist of names–Tamir Rice, Ezell Ford, Eric Garner, Michael…

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Did Racism Kill Erica Garner?

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The 27-year-old activist whose father’s killing sparked a national outcry did not die at the hands of police like him. But her death is still an outrage that speaks to systemic American hate. By Deborah Douglas — After 43-year-old Eric Garner was killed by an illegal NYPD chokehold on Staten Island in 2014, his daughter Erica cried out for police reform in America. Her dad’s alleged offense—selling loose, untaxed cigarettes—fit into a pattern of…

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Erica Garner Never Stopped Fighting

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By Katie Halper — In July 2014, when Erica Garner was 23 years old, her father was killed by police officers on Staten Island. In a video taken by an onlooker, white NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo places Eric in a chokehold, pressing his face to the ground while he is handcuffed, as Eric repeats the phrase “I can’t breathe.” After lying motionless on the ground for several minutes, Garner was loaded into an ambulance, where he suffered a fatal heart attack en route to the hospital. He was 43.

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