Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
— George Washington
The words of the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army of the Revolutionary War and the first President of the Untied States ring true in the New York City borough of Staten Island this week, as a grand jury decided not to indict the officer who killed Eric Garner during an altercation in July stemming from the illegal sale of loose cigarettes. The medical examiner who performed the autopsy ruled Garner’s death a homicide as a direct result of the officer’s action. That is the official report.
One of the striking differences between the killing of Eric Garner and the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson — both by law enforcement officials — is that the entire altercation in New York was caught on camera.
But why did it happen? Why were police dispatched in the first place?
Senator Rand Paul, in an interview on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, hit the nail on the head: