From Carlos Miller at Photography is not a crime:
New York City police officers killed a man Thursday after he had broken up a fight between two other men, insisting on placing him in a chokehold and slamming his head to the pavement, piling on top of him as he gasped for air and as he continually told the cops he couldn’t breathe.
The entire incident was caught on video from a witness who kept telling the cops that the man had not committed a crime.
The Daily News report:
“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Eric Garner, 43, repeatedly screamed after at least five NYPD officers took him down in front of a Tompkinsville beauty supply store when he resisted being handcuffed.
Within moments Garner, a married father of six children with two grandchildren, ceased struggling and appeared to become unconscious as police called paramedics to the scene. An angry crowd gathered, some recording with smart phones.
And Garner, who was alive yesterday, is now dead.
Garner weighed 400 pounds and had a series of health complications, which will no doubt be the blame for his death.
I have nothing to add that illuminates this killing, but thought you ought to know.
Update: The New York Post announces that the evil criminal, Eric Garner, died of a heart attack while resisting arrest.
An obese man died of a heart attack Thursday after he was tackled by police officers on Staten Island, cops and witnesses said.
Eric Garner, 43, who weighed about 350 pounds, had been selling untaxed cigarettes on the street in Tompkinsville at around 5 p.m. when he was approached by officers and resisted arrest, according to police.
Omitted from the Post’s careful reporting were allegations from unknown sources at Fox News that he had been engaging in bestiality with ducks. The New York Times, on the other hand, writes:
“As defined in the department’s patrol guide, this would appear to have been a chokehold,” the police commissioner, William J. Bratton, said at a news conference in City Hall on Friday afternoon.
He referred to police rules that forbid chokeholds and define them as including “any pressure to the throat or windpipe, which may prevent or hinder breathing or reduce intake of air.”
It is unclear if the chokehold contributed to the death on Thursday afternoon of Mr. Garner, who was at least 6 feet 3 inches tall and who, friends said, had several health issues: diabetes, sleep apnea, and asthma so severe that he had to quit his job as a horticulturist for the city’s parks department. He wheezed when he talked and could not walk a block without resting, they said.
And, of course, there remains the open issue that the unbearably trivial “untaxed cigarette” claim is a total fabrication to create a justification for the arrest, just so they wouldn’t have killed him for absolutely no reason whatsoever.