Quick. Someone check the temperature in Hell! What should be impossible has happened. Jon Stewart was left speechless.
Someone alert the media. Oh wait, this is the media. Stewart could not find the words to adequately describe his feelings at the news that the New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold had escaped being indicted by a grand jury.
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“I don’t know, I honestly don’t know what to say, ” he said in shock on The Daily Show.
“If comedy is tragedy plus time, I need more fucking time. But I would really settle for less fucking tragedy to be honest with you.”
The cop was white and the dead man black so Stewart, like many New Yorkers, saw the killing a racial issue. “Damn, ” Stewart said. “We are definitely not living in a post-racial society. And I can imagine there are a lot of people out there wondering how much of a society we’re living in at all.”
The decision by a New York grand jury to not even indict anyone for manslaughter came after a similar decision not to indict anyone in Missouri for the killing of Michael Brown by a police officer there. But in that case there was no video of the shooting. There is, however, a rather extensive video of the Pantaleo killing.
Even conservative stalwarts such as Bill O’Reily and Glenn Beck have come out and said that the killing was certainly at the very least manslaughter.