Eric Garner stands on a Staten Island corner selling loose cigarettes before being put in a chokehold by undercover NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, and his partners, who squeezed his life out of him despite his repeated gasps of “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.”
In yet another incident of policy brutality, an unarmed African-American man, father of six, grandfather, son and husband is dead, murdered at the hands of the New York Police Department (NYPD). According to two explosive videos obtained by the New York Daily News that have been making the rounds, Eric Garner, 43, was standing on his usual corner on Staten Island, New York, where he is often seen selling loose cigarettes, which is considered a low level crime in New York City.
Eric Garner’s family, including his children, wife and mother are angry and sad about his death.
Mind you, Garner, was no saint, having had numerous brushes with the law for misdemeanor offenses. However, in this instance, all he was doing was standing at the corner, unarmed. According to published reports, he had exchanged numerous text messages with his wife, Esaw, telling her that he was “good” and would “be home early.” She, in turn, told him what she was preparing for dinner.
Eric Garner’s heartbroken wife, Esaw Garner, collapses at the National Action Network (NAN) on Saturday. She is supported by the Reverend Al. Sharpton and Rev. Daughtry.
As the tapes unfold, Garner is surrounded by about five officers who try to arrest him. He is heard stating to them: “I didn’t do nothing. What did I do? Don’t touch me!” He is then overpowered by the NYPD crew, who threw him to the ground in a chokehold, which is an illegal form of restraint. He was heard gasping “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Eventually he crumples to the ground, his life squeezed from him in heartbreaking fashion. Protesters have taken to the street to peacefully but angrily denounce this open season on black men and boys.
Eric Garner’s family sit with the Reverend Al. Sharpton at the NAN headquarters in Manhattan.
Speaking at the National Action Network (NAN) headquarters on Saturday, Garner’s wife said: “They snatched my heart out of my chest. It’s like I’m an empty shell right now.” She collapsed onstage, tears racking her body, when the Reverend Al. Sharpton said: “An unarmed man was subjected to a chokehold and he’s no longer with us.”
Members of the community march in search of justice for Eric Garner.
A chokehold is a specific way of wrapping a police officer’s arms around a person’s neck to restrict breathing. It often leads to death and as a result it was discontinued in New York City several years ago. Sill, it is evident that the rogue officers used this illegal tactic in taking Garner’s life. Addressing the media on this weekend New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said of the incident: “It’s defined in the department guidelines that this would have been a chokehold.”
Eric Garner enjoying an outing with his family, including his grandchild.
Mayor Bill de Blasio delayed his family vacation to Italy by a day to speak to the Garner family and Garner will be buried on Wednesday While officer Pantaleo has been stripped of his gun and placed on desk duty, this is not enough. And while Internal Affairs is investigating, along with the Staten Island District Attorney, it is clear that immediate reforms are needed to protect innocent civilians, particularly African-Americans from ruthless, overzealous police officers who keep murdering black men and boys. Enough! It’s time for this war on black men and boys to come to an end.–OnPointPress.net.