Fredo Santana blasted a grand jury’s decision to not indict an NYPD officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. The SSR frontman expressed his thoughts on the matter through social media.
“Smh,” he wrote in an IG post that included a screenshot of a New York Times headline pertaining to the case.
The “Ain’t No Money Like Trap Money” rapper opened up more on his second IG post, writing, “Cuz they tryna kill us anyway so police don’t play wit me cuz I’m blowing it’s gone be a shootout.”
Daniel Pantaleo, 29, told the jury he never intended to “injure or harm” Garner. Pantaleo’s testimony was enough to convince a grand jury he was not at fault for applying an illegal chokehold that resulted in Garner’s death.
A New York City Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Garner’s death a homicide.
Medical Examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said Garner died because of “compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police,” the Washington Post reports.
Garner’s asthma, obesity and heart disease brought on by high blood pressure were reportedly also contributing factors in his death.
Garner repeatedly told officers he couldn’t breathe after he was restrained. He was confronted by police for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes.
“I’m minding my business, why don’t you leave me alone,” Garner told officers.
Pantaleo, an 8-year veteran, was stripped of his badge and gun and placed on “modified assignment” for applying the chokehold.
A chokehold is a violation of NYPD police procedure.
The EMTs and paramedics who responded to Garner as he lay unresponsive on the ground from a police officer’s chokehold have been suspended without pay by Richmond University Medical Center, according to SILive.com
Footage surfaced showing EMT Nicole Palmeri failing to revive Garner. She checked his wrist and neck for a pulse.
“Sir, it’s EMS. Come on, we’re here to help,” she said as she tapped Garner on the shoulder.
Protesters poured onto the streets of New York following the grand jury’s controversial decision to call for justice. Many protesters chanted Garner’s last words “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.”
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