Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer slammed the Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the choke hold death of African-American Eric Garner — but also hit President Obama for his immediate implication that the move was racially-biased.
“From looking at the video, the grand jury’s decision here is totally incomprehensible,” Krauthammer said. “It look as if at least they might’ve indicted him on something like involuntary manslaughter at the very least . . . The crime was as petty as they come. He was selling loose cigarettes, which in and of itself is absurd that somebody has to die over that.”
But despite the judgment, Krauthammer warned that the federal government’s investigation will hinge on proving the death was racially motivated — for now, a difficult proposition.
The columnist also criticized President Obama for linking the non-indictment to Ferguson and other racial conflagrations. “I do think that the president stepping out immediately and making the implication – because he used the word inequality — that it was about race is not helpful in the least,” Krauthammer said.