“No, it’s not,” Orosa said on “This Week in South Florida,” in response to a question about whether the hold was police procedure. “Number 1, when I saw the video I thought someone was going to be indicted from that video.”
On the show, Orosa questioned whether the officer’s actions were necessary. Could Garner have been subdued with a tackle, for instance, or a leg sweep? He also said that he thought most of the officers involved in the incident will probably be indicted for federal civil rights violations.
“I saw it and I said, ‘Well this at least will calm what’s going on in Ferguson, because (the officer is) going to get indicted,’ ” he said. “But then I was surprised when he didn’t get indicted. … Chokeholds are against policies in most police departments, including ours.”
Among those who noticed Orosa’s comments: The Miami Fraternal Order of Police, which responded with a letter to WPLG reporter Michael Putney.
“Chief Orosa’s statement that he believes that New York police officers will most likely be indicted at the federal level has absolutely no basis,” reads the letter from Sgt. Javier Ortiz, the union president. “It might sound good for the audience he may be trying to impress, but it is absolutely not true. ”
“We would like you to know that Chief Orosa’s statements do not reflect the views of the men and women that work the crime ridden streets within the City of Miami,” the letter reads.
The July 17 death of Garner was caught on video, which was watched by thousands.
“Tackling Mr. Garner may have also caused him to not be able to breathe,” the letter reads. “We also feel that Mr. Garner was not placed in a chokehold. The fact that he states eleven times that he can’t breathe proves he was actually breathing.”