Today, we see that a videotape makes no difference. And so, again, the criminal justice system owes us an explanation. In the case of Eric Garner, there was a recording. It was not from a police body camera but a camera with a better view than the police camera footages you may have seen so far. The recording showed that Mr. Garner did not threaten the police in any way. However, Officer Daniel Pantaleo decided to put him in a chokehold. The video then showed Mr. Garner surrounded by more than five officers and on the ground defenseless, facing a wall. But still, he was in a chokehold. All he could say, repeatedly, was "I can't breathe." These trained officers did not know what it meant to subdue a civilian. If subduing him was the goal, it was accomplished at the very moment Mr. Garner's body hit the ground without a fight. The trained officers failed to see that "I can't breathe" was not a statement made resisting arrest but was a statement from a man hanging on to life. The chokehold continued until Mr. Garner was lifeless. This footage is hard to watch, and the reality of it is hard to bear. We deserve an explanation.