COMMENTARY: NYPD Needs New Attitudes, Not New Procedures

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  • When will New York City police realize that chokeholds are outlawed and stop using the deadly tactic on unsuspecting black citizens?

    Days after Eric Garner, a Black father, died when New York cops put him in a tragic chokehold, New York police used the lethal method on a pregnant Black woman in a dispute over an illegal street grilling incident.

    The woman, Rosan Miller, 27, is seven months pregnant and police cracked down on her because she was unlawfully grilling.

    Unlawful grilling? Really?

    According to The New York Daily News, police went to Miller’s home last weekend because Miller was grilling on a public sidewalk in violation of local law. But during an altercation, Miller, her brother and husband all ended up in handcuffs.

    The brother, John Miller, was charged with harassment and obstruction of justice. Her husband, Moses Miller, 34, was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction. Her son got a summons for disorderly conduct.

    What is with police putting Black folks in chokeholds after confrontations over non-violent crimes? Garner was subdued over selling loose cigarettes and Miller was roughed-up over grilling.

    Garner and Miller aren’t criminals. They don’t deserve to be subjected to choke holds – nobody does.

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