Eric Garner, the man killed by being put into a choke hold by NYC cops, was probably committing a crime. Not a violent crime, not a crime against humanity, not a robbery, not a drug offense. No, Eric Garner was probably committing the crime of selling loose cigarettes, or “loosies” as we used to call them when I was growing up in the Bronx. This is a crime because loose cigarettes are typically not taxed the way normal cigarettes are, so the government does not get its fair share of taxes from their sale. Eric Garner was probably committing a taxation crime. For this taxation crime, the officer felt compelled to take Garner into custody. Garner resisted, the cop threw a choke hold on him and, well, you know the rest.
All you need to remember is that Eric Garner, a fat black man who lived in a run-down neighborhood in NYC is dead for what likely amounts to a few hundred dollars in tax money. And because he resisted by refusing to put his hands behind his back.
Cliven Bundy, the millionaire white man who grazes his cattle on public land while refusing to pay the taxes required for that privilege was definitely committing a crime. As I just stated, he had admitted to refusing to pay these taxes based on the premise that he doesn’t acknowledge the right of the federal government to levy these taxes on public land. Yes, Cliven Bundy was definitely committing a taxation crime. And not only did he resist arrest, he got his buddies to come out and point guns at federal marshals while doing so! Yet Cliven Bundy, a white millionaire who committed, and admitted, his tax crime, is not only alive, but he’s free to drive around in his Cadillac and thumb his nose at the government that tried to collect their fair share of taxes.
And all you need to remember about Cliven Bundy is that a fat white millionaire who lives out on his thousand acre ranch in Nevada is alive for what likely amounts to millions of dollars in tax money. And because he resisted by threatening to kill federal marshals.
If anyone can explain this to me, I’m happy to listen…