The commentary and analysis surrounding this case is already different from that of black Missouri teenager Michael Brown, whose killer, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, likewise evaded indictment last week. The fallout from that verdict hewed closely to the media's ideological divide, with liberals generally questioning the move and conservatives defending it. The grand jury's decision in the Garner case, on the other hand, has drawn criticism from both ends of the political spectrum.
The differences that remain lie in the details. Whereas liberal commetators tended to frame the news within a narrative of institutional racism, their conservative counterparts chastised the efficacy of the criminal justice system and the enforcement of what they see as bad laws.