The Daily Show looks at the extraordinary effort by those on the right to find something, anything, other than excessive and unreasonable use of force by the police to blame for the recent deaths of black people.
Incidentally, some are arguing that the fact that despite the clear video of the Garner killing no indictments were brought suggests that having police wear body cams will not help. I disagree. The existence of the video has created much greater consensus on the appalling nature of the killing which is why the excuses proffered on behalf of the police in this case are so absurd.
Without the video, we would have been regaled with stories similar to those given by the police in the Ferguson shooting, of how Garner reached into his pocket and police mistook his action as reaching for a gun or that he tried to attack the police by charging them or he tried to run away. The eyewitness testimony of spectators would have been dismissed as biased or contradictory, as they often are about details.
The more and more video that exists that show what truly happens, the harder it will be to maintain the façade that race has nothing to do with this kind of action. Having video evidence of the events cannot help but be a good thing. Change will not happen overnight. But it will come.
(This clip aired on December 4, 2014. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post. If the videos autoplay, please see here for a diagnosis and possible solutions.)