Sunday, July 27, 2014

Eric Garner Dies After NYPD Uses Banned Chokehold

Eric Garner, 43, an asthmatic father of six, died on Thursday in Staten Island, NY, after the police, who suspected him of illegally selling loose cigarettes, placed him in a chokehold. Forced to the ground, Garner repeatedly pleaded, "I can't breathe." The chokehold is prohibited by New York Police Department regulations. Despite that, NYC's Civilian Complaint Review Board has received over 1,000 complaints regarding the maneuver. Following Garner's death, the New York Civil Liberties Union, civil rights organizations and labor unions sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) urging him to veto a bill that would immunize police officers from discipline by local government officials. At Garner's funeral in Brooklyn, the Rev. Al Sharpton urged the community to "fight back." The following video shows the confrontation between Garner and the NYPD that led to his death:

1 comment:

Michael J. Mand said...

Here's my problem: I understand that it has been decided that prosecution is warranted. Yet Al Sharpton (with whom I often agree, despite the media circus that he encourages), still intends to protest. What more does he want? The sad part is that Garner died for a crime that is so minor it should never involve time behind bars; and he died by what seems to have been unnecessary force used by the police. But nothing now can bring him back to life and we must let the courts and Police Commissioner Bratton to do their jobs. Sharpton says he wants a "perp" walk; well, only the courts can give him that.