The video below shows the tragic death of Eric Garner from Staten Island.  The Grand Jury investigating the case decided to not bring charges against the officer in the tape, in spite of the fact that the officer clearly had the man in an illegal chokehold.

UPDATE: Listen to Eric Garner’s father urge protester to “keep the peace.”

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced