Shortly after a grand jury announced that Pantaleo would not be indicted for the death of Eric Garner in a prohibited police chokehold, Combs, 45, once again used his Instagram account
to broadcast the following message to his 4.5 million followers:
#WATCH .......I can't take it anymore! It's Enough, and enough is enough! Honestly my emotions are all over the place. We as artists, myself included, all have to step up and be better leaders in our communities. It's a hard burden to bear, but we have been chosen whether we like it or not. We need to do whatever we can in a POSITIVE way, to help unite people of all colors in this injustice! In order to be successful, it is very important that we have a well ORGANIZED, STRATEGIC plan. This is super important in order for us to make change!! REAL organization, REAL strategy and a TRUE commitment to not forget and move on like we usually do when the news stops reporting. This has to stop and we as a people are the only ones that can stop it. I truly do not have the right to preach, but I do have the right to speak. #EricGarner #MikeBrown #UNITE
Combs also posted a video clip, which you can see below.
July 17, 2014
Eric Garner Death
New York City Police suspect Eric Garner of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. In an attempt to place him under arrest, officer Daniel Pantaleo puts Garner in what NYPD Chief Bill Bratton describes as a chokehold, which is against NYPD policy. Garner can be seen in the video saying he can’t breathe. He is later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Video of the altercation between Garner and NYPD officers