Stars React To Grand Jury Not Indicting Cop For Eric Garner Choking Death
Celebrities are reacting to a grand jury’s decision in New York on Wednesday to not bring criminal charges against Daniel Pantaleo, a white police officer who put a black man named Eric Garner in a chokehold, resulting in his death in July. The incident was even caught on camera.
Now a slew of upset stars have taken to social media to voice their anger over the grand jury’s ruling. John Mayer noted on Twitter, “I wouldn’t feel right posting anything else before saying my heart hurts today.” And Gabrielle Union tweeted, “Unarmed man put n2 ILLEGAL chokehold, says he can’t breathe, caught on tape, later dies &no charges?! Tell us again ALL our lives matter…” She added, “I have no words left… just angry tears thru gritted teeth. #RIPEricGarner #RIPHumanity #RIPCompassion May the Lord have mercy.” Chris Rock posted a photo on WhoSay as well as wrote on Twitter, “This one was on film” (see above).
Penn Badgley said, “Ok so we know the man who filmed #EricGarner is being punished & the man who KILLED HIM is not. New York better get ready to f*cking quake.” He went on, “The entire thing is on camera. Daniel Pantaleo murdering Eric Garner. Somehow, that’s not proof. Does democracy exist?”
“I am stunned by the failure to indict Eric Garner’s killer,” tweeted John Legend. Echoing Garner’s last words as he was in a chokehold, Legend said in a second message, “‘I. CAN’T. BREATHE.’ God Damn.” And Ellen Pompeo similarly expressed, “#ericgarner #icantbreathe #enoughisenough #wethepeople ARE FED UP.”
In a long post shared on Twitter and Instagram, a frustrated Diddy wrote, “I can’t take it anymore! It’s Enough, and enough is enough! Honestly my emotions are all over the place… We need to do whatever we can in a POSITIVE way, to help unite people of all colors in this injustice! In order to be successful, it is very important that we have a well ORGANIZED, STRATEGIC plan. This is super important in order for us to make change!! REAL organization, REAL strategy and a TRUE commitment to not forget and move on like we usually do when the news stops reporting. This has to stop and we as a people are the only ones that can stop it. I truly do not have the right to preach, but I do have the right to speak. #EricGarner #MikeBrown #UNITE.”
Jeffrey Wright was also among the outraged stars. He tweeted, “An individual or institution can’t kill Eric Garner in that fashion & not be held accountable. #ChokedWhilePoor New America’s not having it.” A saddened Belle Thorne added, “Praying for Eric Garners family and friends.. RIP.” Share your thought below about this situation.