Matthew Yglesias writes in Vox about Jon Stewart on Eric Garner: "If comedy is tragedy plus time, I need more fucking time" The segment is embedded there.
My sense is this, a prosecutor wanting to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo had to do four things.
- Show the video
- Show the coroners report that said Eric Garner died from compression of the neck
- Explain that choke holds are against NYPD policy
- Describe what makes a crime like manslaughter or negligent homicide or something.
Seriously, that's it. Everyone who just does item one says there's should be a trial. In legal proceeding you have to check off a few more boxes, in this case it's easy. I can only conclude the prosecutor didn't want an indictment. There can be plenty of speculation as to why.