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The acquittal of 12 police officers accused of killing Eric Garner on Staten Island, New York, in 2014 has inspired multiple reactions from across the world.
Sudanese former New York Attorney General Abdelqader Obeid Hamid and others tweeted details of the verdict, as police broke the news to Garner’s family. Another tweet reveals the grim realization a day later.
Ken Livingstone retweeted an article on CNN.com about what the verdict means for police on the streets. And a post on social media site Imgur carries images of protests across the world.
On the Today show, the world was read the verdict by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who recalled sitting at home seeing some of the videos that had appeared online to have drawn attention to Garner’s killing.
“Sometimes in a case like this, which is controversial, what you don’t want to see is a grand jury going out and saying the police did nothing wrong,” he said.
Here’s a sampling of the reaction:
Amos Poe of Phoenix, Arizona tweeted his delight at the acquittal.
A clip in which Eddie Geas of Boston said that the footage alone didn’t prove anything.
An essay written by Deborah Orjuli, a professor at North Carolina State University and former police officer of 30 years, who was working during a protest outside the Nassau County criminal court.
TV personality Joe Morgan wondered if the whole process should have been brought forward in the first place.