The Sheriff of the San Bernardino Police Department has said: ‘It [the video] is disturbing and it appears on its face that there are violations of policy, but that will ultimately be determined in the investigation and to what degree’.*
The video, it should be said, is disturbing absolutely, without qualification. As one human being treating another, it is unacceptable. Is this not the fundamental problem: that the citing of such rationalizations as always a possible recourse creates and engenders these situations of abuse (to which such rationalizations will always be invoked)? And not vice versa.
More than a determined disappointment concerning the Eric Garner ruling, the very possibility, the very grounds of such a defense as Pantaleo (and by extension, the NYPD) gave, shows itself as unethical.