Stewart Speechless Over Eric Garner Decision: ‘I Don’t Know What To Say’ (VIDEO)

“The Daily Show” dropped all traces of comedy from its opening Wednesday night as host Jon Stewart spoke to viewers directly about the case of Eric Garner.

“I don’t know, I honestly don’t know what to say,” Stewart said of the grand jury decision not to indict a white New York City police officer who placed Garner, who was black, in a chokehold. The city’s medical examiner ruled it a homicide.

“If comedy is tragedy plus time, I need more fucking time,” he said. “But I would really settle for less fucking tragedy to be honest with you.”

NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo put Garner, 43, in a chokehold after he allegedly was caught selling loose cigarettes. The incident was caught on video.

The news follows another grand jury’s decision not to indict white ex-Ferguson, Mo. police Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

“We are definitely not living in a post-racial society,” Stewart went on, “and I can imagine there are a lot of people out there wondering how much of a society we’re living in at all.”

The host caught himself and quipped: “So that’s our show!”

“I don’t know what to say,” he repeated.

Watch the clip, courtesy of Comedy Central:

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