Now that commentators such as Rudy Giuliani, George Pataki, former New York police commissioner Howard Safir, and Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch have declared unequivocally that "anti-police rhetoric" is responsible for the murder of two officers over the weekend, I wonder if their ire extends to the many conservatives who expressed outrage when Officer Daniel Pantaleo wasn't indicted in the Eric Garner chokehold case. Do they believe the following people also have blood on their hands?
Judge Andrew Napolitano of Fox News:
I have seen a videotape of the incident and it reveals probable cause to show that the police officer used grossly excessive force on a non-violent, non-threatening person. It also reveals he cried and screamed for help because by compacting his chest, his breathing was impaired. The police did nothing to save his live; yet they accelerated his death needlessly. On the basis of the tape alone, I have a clean conscience making such an assertion that an indictment was warranted.Charles Krauthammer:
From looking at the video, the grand jury's decision here is totally incomprehensible. It look as if at least they might've indicted him on something like involuntary manslaughter at the very least. The guy actually said, "I can't breathe," which ought to be a signal that-- and the guy was unarmed....Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.):
Clearly excessive force against #EricGarner. I pray that peace and justice will prevail.— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) December 4, 2014
Sean Davis at The Federalist:
So an officer used a banned practice that is known to lead to the deaths of people who are subjected to it? That certainly seems to satisfy the second condition of a second-degree manslaughter charge. And again, I have to stress that the entire incident was caught on tape. The evidence is unequivocal. And yet, no indictment....John Nolte of Breitbart:
John Edwards was right: there are Two Americas. There’s an America where people who kill for no legitimate reason are held to account, and there's an America where homicide isn't really a big deal as long as you play for the right team.
Unfortunately Eric Garner was a victim in the second America, where some homicides are apparently less equal than others.
Eric Garner died cuz he was selling cigs by the single. That's a crime in NYC. Death is inexcusable. Police behavior sure looked inexcusable— John Nolte (@NolteNC) December 3, 2014
Leon Wolf of RedState:
This decision is really and truly baffling to me, and infuriating besides. I understand the vast majority of cops are good at their jobs and conscientious about protecting the civil rights of citizens. But there are without a doubt bad cops who make bad decisions and when they do so from a position of authority the damage they can do is exponentially worse.Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention:
I mean, there is no excuse that I can think of for choking a man to death for selling illegal cigarettes. This is about cigarettes. This isn't a violent confrontation. This isn't a threat that anybody has reported, a threat of someone being killed. This is someone being choked to death. We have it on video with the man pleading for his life. There is no excuse for that I can even contemplate or imagine right now.National Review's Charles C.W. Cooke:
Seriously, can you imagine what Sam Fucking Adams would have said at the news that a man had been killed over cigarette taxes.— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) December 3, 2014
Second-guessing the cops! Accusing Pantaleo of brutality! Questioning the decision to enforce the law against selling untaxed cigarettes! Aren't these people effectively guilty of murder, too? Well?