There were two sergeants on the scene, neither of which seemed to do anything other than grace the mess with their presence. And one was a black female. AND both got immunity for testifying. Wonderful.
Even ignoring the race of the sergeant, the mere fact that a superior
officer (two of them, in fact) were on site and never told Pantaleo to
release the hold strongly undermines claims that Pantaleo acted
"recklessly." One could still make that case, but one has to now also
claim that two supervising sergeants were on scene and neither one of
them noticed this "reckless" behavior, either.
"You haven't paid the tax on these cigarettes!"
"I don't think he's breathing..."
"Oh well, he should have paid the tax."