Thursday, December 4, 2014

Illegal and Homicide

"Garner, 43, was being arrested for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes on July 17 when New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo placed him in an illegal chokehold. The medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide, but the grand jury said Wednesday it would not indict Pantaleo."

This paragraph is typical of the anti-police news media bias.  Officer Pantaleo did not do anything illegal.  The "chokehold" is not illegal.  New York City Police Department policy forbids the use of a chokehold.  So at most, Officer Pantaleo was acting outside of police department policy.

By using the word "illegal" the media are either ignorant or they are lying.  In either case, they are being inflammatory against the officer, because his use of a chokehold was not illegal.  The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, which is true.  However, homicide only means the deceased was killed by another person.

The use of homicide in this article gives the impression to the average person that the deceased was murdered, as most people equate homicide with murder.  Murder is the felonious killing of another human being.  Homicide is the killing of one human by another, and is not always illegal.  Articles like this are one reason why people riot, the media leads them to believe crimes have been committed, when they have not been; that's what the SGT Says.

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