GOP Congressman: Eric Garner Wouldn’t Have Died From Chokehold If He Weren’t ‘Obese’
After a grand jury decided to not indict a while police officer for placing a black man in a chokehold which resulted in his death, deep thinker Rep. Peter King (R-NY) defended the officer on Tuesday.
[su_center_ad]NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo was not charged in the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner.
“You had a 350-pound person who was resisting arrest. The police were trying to bring him down as quickly as possible,” King said on CNN’s The Situation Room, according to Talking Points Memo.
“If he had not had asthma and a heart condition and was so obese, almost definitely he would not have died from this. The police had no reason to know he was in serious condition,” he added.
Garner told the officer repeatedly that he couldn’t breathe.
However, King said, “But if you can’t breathe, you can’t talk.”
King also dismissed the idea that race played into the scenario.
“I have no doubt, if that were a 350-pound white guy, he would have been treated the same,” King said.
Sometimes it’s better to not say anything than to tweet moronic comments.
Thanks to SI grand jury for doing justice & not yielding to outside pressure. Decision must be respected. Compassion for the Garner family.
— Rep. Pete King (@RepPeteKing) December 3, 2014