What comes to Eric Garner, is that he had a criminal record of dozens of arrests and other crimes. So saying that he was merely selling cigarettes is pretty lame. The officer in the case of Eric Garner was also released of charges, what?!? The court must be bribed or even worse it must be corrupted all the way. Come on now.
It's very hard in most countries to get any
policemen's actions reviewed in court in satisfying manner if the suspected outcome of those actions may have involved violent crimes (abuse, harsh beatings, killing, rape etc alleged to have been inflicted during working hours by one or more cops). Parents, relatives and lawyers struggling for years to break through the brick wall of police corps loyalty, an unspoken "I'm not gonna say anything that could damage my fellow policeman" is more rule than exception. That's as true in Britain, France, Finland or Sweden as it is in India or Italy.
And IIRC the cop who forced Garner into a chokehold was acquitted because it could not be established that his sitting on the guy had been the sole cause
, or the only decisive cause of his death. Garner was overweight, remember? Nor could it be made clear that he had to have known (deliberate intention) that if he forced Garner down that way, he would seriously risk the man's life. That's a bit like saying, if several armed men are threatening a single unarmed man in some hotel room, and saying "either you'll play Russian roulette with this gun, which has two bullets in it, or we beat you up severely, till you pay back your debt" and the man, in sheer desperation and fear, accepts the first alternative and shoots himself dead, then the thugs were not guilty of any intention to harm him or kill him, so it's ruled suicide or death by misadventure...