The revolution will not be televised! Erica Garner, the daughter, of the late Eric Garner who was slain by New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo with an illegal chock-hold while trying to arrest Mr. Garner for violating the state tax stamp laws on selling unlicensed merchandise, remains vigilant in seeking answers and solutions in the wake of her father’s 2014 untimely death.
Last night Ms. Garner attended the ABC News televised town hall meeting hosted by President Obama, prepared to ask the hard questions and receive possible answers to the ongoing topic for lack of prosecution in cases of police misconduct, as reported by other attendees. According to the Huffington Post article published the next morning and other news media outlets, Ms. Garner described the town hall meeting as, “A farce.”
Ms. Garner also took to Instagram to speak about her displeasure with ABC producers and the town hall meeting where her father’s name was not mentioned one time. CLICK HERE FOR INSTAGRAM VIDEO. Most people thought Mr. Garner’s death in police custody and subsequent medical examiners determination of death by homicide guaranteed justice in the prosecutions case against officer Panteleo. However, on December 3, 2014 the grand jury decided not to indict officer Panteleo which sparked nationwide rallies, demonstrations and protest with Mr. Garner’s death as the focal point.
Ms. Garner walked out of the the town hall meeting as a form of protest stating, “I had to stage a walk out by myself.” Producers and other event organizers would eventually respond to Ms. Garner’s revolt by carving time out for her to meet with President Obama after the town hall meeting ended. Garner later described the event to the Huffington Post with this statement. “I am upset with ABC and how they handled it. They curated a town hall that forced black people to be re-traumatized and didn’t allow for real constructive conversation about what we’re going to do about race issues in this country.”
Patrisse Cullors also walked out of the town hall meeting, following Ms. Garner in protest. Cullors is one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter movement and she described the town hall event to Huffington Post as being all about apologizing to the police.
For all those disappointed by the lack of resolve stemming from the ABC broadcast of the President and the People town hall meeting here is a close description of what the beginning of change will look like. Change will come in the form of a personal invitation to bring ideas, discuss and make concrete decisions. Those who are invited will accept the invite and arm themselves with relevant information and data to share with other invitees.
When the invitees arrive at undisclosed time and an undisclosed location to the general public, they will willingly relinquish all phones, cameras and other recording devises. Those participating will show a willingness to step out of their comfort zones and discuss uncomfortable topics. What you will not see is scripted outlines, commercial breaks, edited segments and most of all a caution to speak for fear of displeasing those not in attendance. THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED!
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