Eric Garner and Tamir Rice did not deserve to die. A guest post by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson.
In light of the ongoing civil unrest following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the recent grand jury decision on Eric Garner’s death at the hands of police in Staten Island, New York, I asked the various writers who contributed to an August blog series on race and racial reconciliation if they had more to say. I’m grateful for Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, writing today with a thoughtful and gracious invitation for Christians of all racial backgrounds to begin to talk, and listen, and heal:
Last Tuesday, a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer who choked an unarmed African American male, Eric Garner, to death in July. Garner was being arrested for selling cigarettes and not paying taxes. After being wrestled to the ground by several police using an unauthorized technique, Garner’s final words were, “I can’t breathe.” The cops stood around and waited as he died. This troubling scene was recorded on video.
Just last week, a Cleveland police officer fatally shot a 12-year-old African American boy, Tamir Rice, dead within a matter of seconds of arriving on …read more
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