Can The Cops Be Stopped Before They Kill Again?

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 4: Demonstrators watched by New York City police block the West Side Highway following yesterday's de
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 4: Demonstrators watched by New York City police block the West Side Highway following yesterday's decision by a Staten Island grand jury not to indict a police officer who used a chokehold in the death of Eric Garner in July, on December 4, 2014 in New York City. The grand jury declined to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner's death. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

So, that happened: This week, hard on the heels of the Ferguson grand jury decision, a grand jury in New York City returns no indictment on the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death on the streets of Staten Island. Can the cops be stopped before they kill again? 

Listen to this week's "So That Happened" below:

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Some highlights from this week:

"What's really frightening about white cops killing black men with impunity is that it's not a new problem for the United States. If you want to tell the history of the United States, one way to do it is to talk about hundreds of years of racial oppression." -- Zach Carter

Meanwhile, America's first brush with an Ebola outbreak has been resolved, but President Barack Obama wants to do more to prevent the next one. Will Congress come through, or has interest with Ebola faded now that it's no longer a sexy, midterm election issue?

"Now, this effort by the Obama administration -- he could be a victim of his own success, because they're trying to get Ebola money out of Congress. Members of Congress, who themselves might have been acting all panicky, will now be like 'What Ebola? Why do we have to spend more money?'" -- Arthur Delaney

And finally, we would like to introduce a new word to your political lexicon: CROMNIBUS. We'll tell you what a cromnibus is, and how it could totally screw up your life.

"It's one of John Boehner's steam valve release moves. It's just all this anger, and he has to let it out in a productive way." -- Jason Linkins

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