The choking death of Eric Garner is the latest in the plague of police brutality against African American men.
Garner a 43 year old father of six children, died on the streets of Staten Island, New York as police held him in a choke hold with him pleading for his life.
“I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe!” Garner uttered before going completely silent as several officers piled on top of him.
And despite an attempted cover-up by the NYPD, the video of Garner’s death (posted up-top) has gone viral with media outlets reporting this story vigorously as the cops involved are on desk duty awaiting results of a full investigation.
The incident began when Garner, was approached by a plainclothes police officer. The officer was investigating a report that Garner was selling un-taxed cigarettes. Garner denied the charge.
He stood 6′-4″ and just a shade under 400 pounds, Garner raised both fists and told the officer not to touch him. Yet they did.
The NYPD has outlawed the use of choke-holds during arrests, since 2009.
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