Just Stop It, NYPD.

A disturbing trend has surfaced in New York law enforcement. First, Eric Garner, an asthmatic Staten Island father of six was put in a chokehold and now he’s dead. All for apparently selling loosies. Now photos have surfaced of a 7-months-pregnant East New York woman being put in a chokehold by police for illegally grilling on the sidewalk.

Where do we start? The fact that chokeholds are an illegal police protocol? That people are being arrested for ridiculous “crimes”? That brown people are still being targeted and harassed by the police everyday for nothing?

How do we fix this problem? Well, this NJ reporter had a brilliant idea:

Yup. The problem must be lack of black fathers. Of course, Eric Garner was a black father.

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36 replies
  1. 1
    Belafon says:

    But somewhere in Eric Garner’s family tree one of them grew up without his or her black father, but that obviously has nothing to do with slavery.

  2. 2
    The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik says:

    It’s amazing how many problems in America can be brushed aside by simply saying ‘It’s all because Black Culture is so inferior/violent/dangerous/(insert derogatory inference here)’. Not to mention a (un)healthy dose of victim-blame.

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    beth says:

    I heard a little bit of a Sean Hannity show on the car radio last week discussing this case and Sean said something to the effect that the important part of this case was that New York taxes are so high people have to sell black market cigs on the street. Not that another human being was unnecessarily killed by the police but that taxes are too damn high. Disgusting.

  4. 4
    Lurking Canadian says:

    The lack of a black father is certainly a problem for the Garner family now, but that’s probably not what Berin meant.

  5. 5
    Suffern ACE says:

    They’ve got mascots in Times Square to tamp down on. And jokesters who put white flags on the Brooklyn Bridge to seek and destroy (and skateboarders to harass because of that). Terrorists, I tell you. Grillers, loosie sellers, mascots and skaters – just the type of disorder you’d expect to find now that Bloomberg is gone and people think there can be a free for all.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik:

    It’s amazing how many problems in America can be brushed aside by simply saying ‘It’s all because Black Culture is so inferior/violent/dangerous/(insert derogatory inference here)’.

    Any time you hear somebody blame “black culture being (bad)” for a social problem, you can reliably substitute “white racism, which I am a part of and helping to cover for” and get much closer to the truth.

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    Another Holocene Human (now with new computer) says:

    @Roger Moore: This. Culture is a second order effect, but it’s a favorite (usually in a fact free, high bullshit environment) buzzword for white supremacists who want you to “Look! A squirrel!” whenever racism and white supremacy come into the conversation, especially institutional and structural racism.

  8. 8
    SatanicPanic says:

    Sean Bergin “the underlying cause for all this, young black men without fathers… unfortunately,no one in the news media has the courage to cover it”. yeah dude, just ignore FOX like it’s not there

  9. 9
    Brian R. says:

    What the fuck was that reporter thinking?

    I love the way he threw in the “of course” like there was no way to disagree with his ironclad logic about the lack of black fathers.

  10. 10
    Another Holocene Human (now with new computer) says:

    Criminologists tell us that the overincarceration regime actually increases recidivism. So US crime rates went down despite the lock’em’up fanaticism. This seems to be a strong, first order effect–the few states that made strident efforts to reduce their prison population have seen above the line reductions in crime.

    There are some anti-social folks out there who proceed from burglary to rape to murder. Which is a good argument to treat rape more seriously, not to arm thugs to rough up citizens with unapproved cookfires, suspend 5 year olds from pre-school, and turn out schoolboys’ pockets in search of the demon weed.

  11. 11
    Another Holocene Human (now with new computer) says:

    @SatanicPanic: I guess the Moynihan Report has been disappeared down the memory hole.

  12. 12
    Tone In DC says:

    A woman, seven months pregnant, put in a chokehold by these refugees from Judge Dredd.
    For the crime of cooking in public.

    And there are pictures.

    I cannot find the fucking WORDS. If she doesn’t have a good lawyer by now, then I may have to find her one.

  13. 13
    Another Holocene Human (now with new computer) says:


    Sean Bergin “the underlying cause for all this, young black men without fathers… unfortunately,no one in the news media has the courage to cover it”.

    “Courage” to report/speak the “reality” versus the “MSM” is standard white supremacist boilerplate.

    This shit is typical fascist Newspeak, really Putin’s BiP-legions of propagandists calling Ukrainians fascists, anti-Semites and banderites while Russians wank to Ukraine invasion porn couldn’t do it any better than this.

  14. 14
    rikyrah says:

    IF YOU can’t handle a 7 month pregnant woman without a chokehold, you don’t need to be a police officer.

  15. 15
    Citizen_X says:

    @The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik: Along those lines, Bill O’Reilly, the original ice-tea drinking motherfucker, says that

    In certain ghetto neighborhoods, it’s part of the culture — nine-year-old boys and girls are smoking [pot]. And [the left] doesn’t like that, they don’t want those kids to be targeted by the cops.

    So don’t ever legalize. We won’t be able to help the black kids, by jailing them.

  16. 16
    Belafon says:

    @SatanicPanic: That’s where he heard no one was covering it.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Another Holocene Human (now with new computer):

    “Courage” to report/speak the “reality” versus the “MSM” is standard white supremacist boilerplate.

    It’s standard boilerplate for everyone, including plenty of people whose every utterance is repeated like it was a pronouncement from God. As far as I can tell, it roughly translates as “some people have the temerity to disagree”.

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    srv says:

    And today, Frederick is a family man, and a working man, and a Morehouse Man. (Applause.) And that’s what I’m asking all of you to do: Keep setting an example for what it means to be a man. (Applause.) Be the best husband to your wife, or you’re your boyfriend, or your partner. Be the best father you can be to your children. Because nothing is more important.

    I was raised by a heroic single mom, wonderful grandparents — made incredible sacrifices for me. And I know there are moms and grandparents here today who did the same thing for all of you. But I sure wish I had had a father who was not only present, but involved.

    Didn’t know my dad. And so my whole life, I’ve tried to be for Michelle and my girls what my father was not for my mother and me. I want to break that cycle where a father is not at home — (applause) — where a father is not helping to raise that son or daughter. I want to be a better father, a better husband, a better man.

    Morehouse Men

  19. 19
    SatanicPanic says:

    @Belafon: Yeah, it’s not like this guy was a sociologist conducting research. He’s just some local news dumbass.

  20. 20
    SatanicPanic says:

    @Citizen_X: O’Reilly’s right. I don’t like the idea of 9 year olds smoking pot. I also don’t like sending police after them.

  21. 21
    Belafon says:

    @SatanicPanic: Every so often, a DK front page story has the O’Reilly quote:

    The Far Left Running Wild
    There are entire media operations that exist to promote ideology.
    This is a bad situation that is getting worse

  22. 22
    Cassidy says:

    Hey, let’s be positive. This is just another opportunity for our wingnut family and acquaintances to pass that Bill Cosby does it again post around Facebook and prove they’re not bigots.

  23. 23
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Belafon: It’s always projection with these motherfuckers.


  24. 24

    My wife is a huge fan of NYC. I am decidedly not. The ever-present cops and cameras – so omnipresent they melt into the background – make me feel like I’m in a police state, being constantly watched and that someone is waiting for me to step one inch out of line so they can beat my fucking head in.

    Of course, that is a lot less likely to happen to me than to some others. I’m white. But damn, if you’ve got an iota of self-awareness you can’t help but pick up on the vibe, and I do not like it one bit.

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    Senyordave says:

    @Citizen_X: Kind of Judge Smails from Caddyshack lecturing Danny Noonan:

    I’ve sentenced boys younger than you to the gas chamber. Didn’t want to do it. I felt I owed it to them.

  26. 26
    Commenting at Balloon Juice Since 1937 says:

    Lack of a male role model results in side walk grilling?

  27. 27
    J R in WV says:

    I can’t say I’ve ever felt totally surveilled in NYC, we’ve spent many months (in toto) there over the past 40 years. Maybe I’m just insensitive?

    But the jazz and new music and classical music; the museums and shops; the restaurants and multi-cultural atmosphere. It is a fabulous city, with great life-expanding opportunities all around.

    The history, the architecture, the neighborhoods, the floral district, the diamond district, the antique shops, concerts, events, it amazes me, and we love it – for a little while. After 2 or 3 weeks, tops, it begins to wear one down a little. You begin to yearn for (on our case) the quiet and privacy of the woods.

    The first night I spent in NYC as an adult with my wife, she had an apartment on 55th street. There were fabulous pastry shops right in the neighborhood, and a French bistro across the street. We ate well, and went to bed early – 10 or 10:30, sleeping soundly.

    I was awakened about 12:30 by a thunderous crash, as if one had pushed a dumpster off the top of a big parking deck, and it had plunged unimpeded to the concrete street below. Then another, amazing sounds! It went on all night!

    In the morning we found that the description of the sound of concrete and dumpster impacting was perfect, they were tearing up pavement and dumping giant slabs of concrete into dumpsters, from 12 midnight to 6 am, for the duration. When else can you work on the street in downtown Manhattan?

    NYC, where the tables in most restaurants are so close together you can’t help but hear everyone else’s conversation – a fact that leads me to believe that the Art of Woody Allen is in fact stark literal truth stolen from everyone he meets in the city. All that strange, it is reality!

  28. 28
    PurpleGirl says:

    @CONGRATULATIONS!: After the cameras were covered and the flags were changed on the Brooklyn Bridge, I’m not sure there is anything special about the extra security at the Brooklyn Bridge or any where else in the City.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @PurpleGirl: And the press and the NYPD is flipping out about that “terrorist” attack. There is something special about the city and the way its officials flip out and label all sorts of people terrorists.

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    Woodrow/asim Jarvis Hill says:

    @srv: Really. Do I have to go dig up all the damn criticism from the African-American community around people like Obama and Bill Cosby saying stuff like that?

    Sure, I’ll do some research for you, since the Google button on your keyboard is clearly busted. Here’s Francophile Coates on the matter:

    [..]some day historians will pore over [Obama’s] many speeches to black audiences. They will see a president who sought to hold black people accountable for their communities, but was disdainful of those who looked at him and sought the same. They will match his rhetoric of individual responsibility with the aggression the administration showed to bail out the banks and the timidity it showed in addressing a foreclosure crisis, which devastated black America (again). They will weigh the rhetoric against an administration whose efforts against housing segregation have been run of the mill. And they will match the talk of the importance of black fathers with the paradox of a president who smoked marijuana in his youth but continued a drug war which daily wrecks the lives of black men and their families. In all of this, those historians will see a discomfiting pattern of convenient race-talk.

    I think the president owes black people more than this.

  31. 31
    Jonny Scrum-half says:

    1. Bergin has no basis to draw a connection between kids growing up without Dads and anti-police attitudes in the inner city.
    2. He’s not wrong, however, that the stability of the family is an issue worth addressing. I wonder how he’d respond to an argument that at least part of the reason for Black kids growing up without fathers is the “War on Drugs.”
    3. Regarding “what was he thinking,” it was a smart career move. He’s now been interviewed on Fox, and if he gets fired he’ll be a martyr with a good chance at landing a gig at a conservative media source that pays a lot better than the local New Jersey Cable TV news.
    4. I wish that it was considered within the range of reasonable discourse to question the police, from their tactics to their compensation. Unfortunately, they’re untouchable because they “put their lives on the line” for us. (Not to belittle the difficulty and importance of the job, but truthfully most police officers don’t risk their lives, and many have a tendency to misuse the power that we’ve given them.)

  32. 32
    Mandalay says:

    @Jonny Scrum-half:

    Regarding “what was he thinking,” it was a smart career move.

    We’ll see, since now he’s looking for a job: After initially being suspended, Bergin chose to step down.

    I think his comments were a bit too toxic for a full time job at Fox.

  33. 33
    Mandalay says:

    You cannot make this stuff up. After he lost his job and whined to anyone who would listen, Bergin said this:

    “They offered me one day of work a week doing only light features, and no hard news,” Bergin told The Blaze. It was only about $300-a-week — who can survive on that?”

    The poor bastard has a great news story right under his nose, but he’s too dumb to see it.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Why do I have a feeling that NYPD was told to stop using tasers so much because they were accidentally killing people, so they came up with the great idea of crushing people’s windpipes instead, because it’s not like you could kill someone that way, amirite?

  35. 35
    srv says:

    @Woodrow/asim Jarvis Hill: Well, at least a pay cut.

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    mark says:

    Thank you. Yes, exactly!

    What about all these cops killing dogs. Everyday on one website (rawstory.com for ex.) or another a cop is shooting a family dog, many times in front of children. Beyond cruel and bizarre. Check it out, it is every day. Either something is going increasingly wrong or its all the phone cams capturing this. Probably both?

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