Monday, July 21, 2014

#RIP Eric Garner - New York Man Dies After Cops Put Him In a Chokehold [Disturbing Video]

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It was a family tragedy as father-of-six, 43-year-old Eric Garner, died on Thursday 17 July after being put in a chokehold by police and pinned to the ground on Staten Island, New York.

In the video below, you can see him get in a small argument with some cops before up to a half-dozen of them pounced, pushed him to the ground and sat on him. One of the cops had a locked elbow around his neck, a chokehold, and Eric Garner kept repeating, "I can't breathe, I can't breathe." before he became unresponsive.

His mother, wife and children are left mourning this unnecessary loss. May his soul rest in peace.

From CBS News;

Police were arresting Garner for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes on the sidewalk. But when 6-foot 3-inch, 350-pound Garner refused to be cuffed, one officer shown in an earlier video jumped onto Garner’s back and appears to put him in a choke hold.

Garner was taken to Richmond University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

Sources told CBS 2 an ongoing internal police investigation indicated that a preliminary examination of Garner’s body did not show damage to his trachea. But the official manner and cause of death was pending further studies and determination by the New York City Medical Examiner’s office.

Earlier Sunday, the Rev. Al Sharpton demanded justice for Garner, while also saying civilians who kill police officers should be held accountable.

Speaking at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr., three days after Garner’s death, Sharpton questioned why an officer allegedly maintained a choke hold even after the asthmatic said he couldn’t breathe.

“Even if police procedure doesn’t kick in, when does your sense of humanity kick in?” Sharpton said.

Garner died shortly after the incident of cardiac arrest, police said.

Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the cop linked to the choke hold, has been stripped of his gun and badge while the NYPD continues to investigate. Another officer involved in the takedown was placed on desk duty.

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