Body cameras won’t stop police brutality. Eric Garner is only one of several reasons why. by JUSTIN HANSFORD

President Obama announced this week a proposal to spend $75 million on body cameras for 50,000 police officers nationwide. He framed this as a solution to widespread distrust of law enforcement in minority communities. But the failure to indict the New York City police officer whose chokehold killed Eric Garner — an incident vividly captured on video — proves just how ineffective Obama’s plan would be in curbing epidemic police violence and racial profiling. The officers who forcibly pushed Garner’s body into the ground knew a witness was recording the incident, and at least one of them spoke to the videographer. And yet, the police were undeterred. They continued using the banned chokehold on Garner as he repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe!”

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