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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Sunny Hostin Talks on Chokehold Verdict


24Urban.com | December 2014 - Now that it's official that yet another white police officer has not been indicted for his role in an unarmed black man's death, people have been voicing their outrage and frustration about the obvious failures in the system.

CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin, a former assistant United States attorney recently spoke on her inability to understand the jury's decision, when knowing the facts in the Garner case.

I've been trying to make sense of this all night, all morning and I just can't do it. We look at the facts as we know them and I see an unarmed man who was not being aggressive, not being resistant, who was taken down by a chokehold tactic that has been banned by NYPD for 20 years. I see a video with a clear use of excessive force and we see a man die in front of us, all caught on video and no indictment. Hostin said.

Sunny states that as a prosecutor, she's presented many cases in front of a grand jury and she has NEVER returned without an indictment. She apparently sees this as a prosecutor problem, which is similar to what Garner's widow claimed in a recent interview with NBC.

The former federal prosecutor said that in 2010, 162,000 cases went in front of grand juries in the U.S. Attorney's office and only 11 came back without an indictment.

When a prosecutor wants to indict a case, a prosecutor gets an indictment. she says.

In her opinion, prosecutors who work with police officers often should not be the ones presenting cases against them.

There is no way a prosecutor in a particular office should be presenting a case against someone he or she works with. You work too closely with officers, FBI agents to be asked to present cases against them. In every case of an officer-related shooting, arrest, there should be a special prosecutor.

As for the measures that need be taken, Hostin supports the body cameras President Obama recently approved the funding for, but apparently according to her, they're not enough.

I also do think there should be a special prosecutor assigned to each and every case that involves an officer-related shooting. There has to be a a movement around the country where we have legislation to make this happen. Sunny states.

Sadly, though, assigning special prosecutors to cases is not mandated by the law. In many cases, governors can appoint one, as in the Trayvon Martin case Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey brought the charges herself and despite not scoring a conviction against George Zimmerman, at least she got him to trial.

Hostin also said that she's deeply saddened and angry at the Garner decision, as a native New Yorker herself.

Aren't we all disgusted and frustrated? We can't breathe. I can't breathe. I can't believe this is happening in these United States. Where are we as a country where you can see a man die on videotape, you can see a man taken down on video and it just doesn't seem to matter. she said.

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