After a grand jury in New York decided not to indict a police officer who used a deadly chokehold on Eric Garner, just one week after a similar decision was announced in Ferguson, Missouri, the overwhelming response from celebrities speaking out on the issue has been: "Not again."
"Disgusting news, again," Action Bronson tweeted soon after the news broke that Officer Daniel Pantaleo would not be indicted after wrestling Garner, who was allegedly selling illegal cigarettes on the street, to the ground this past July in Staten Island.
The decision has some parallels to the one announced in Ferguson the other week, in which a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Both Brown and Garner were black; both officers are white.
Big Boi echoed Bronson's sentiment, sharing an Instagram photo of Eric Garner emblazoned with the words "I Can't Breathe" (Garner was captured in an eyewitness video uttering those words as the officer held him) and the caption, "Once again NO indictment! #EricGarner."
Others were more verbal with their confusion and anger. Actor Jeffrey Wright voiced frustration in the face of what he considers a lack of justice, tweeting, "An individual or institution can't kill Eric Garner in that fashion & not be held accountable. #ChokedWhilePoor New America's not having it," while Atmosphere lamented, "Can anyone explain to us why it's acceptable that there's no indictment in the murder of Eric Garner?"
John Legend, for his part, had a similar reaction.
Others, like My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way, offered condolences to Garner's family, tweeting, "Thoughts are with Eric Garner's family and loved ones. This makes me physically ill," while Mack Wilds stated plainly, "yo, this is so f---ing wrong." Smoke DZA shared Wilds' sentiment, saying, "This Eric Garner Verdict is disheartening." He then added the sobering statement, "By no means am I a politician or even gonna fake as if I'm into it cuz I'm not but this could be anyone one of us."
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