*If it were not for a video that recorded the NYPD officers who piled on top of a New York City man that they insisted on placing in a choke-hold and ended up killing him when he couldn’t breathe beneath the weight, this would be a case of their word against all the people who witnessed it.
But as they say, pictures do speak louder than words, and the police department may have a hard time getting out of this one.
Supposedly, the police suspected Eric Garner, 43, was selling untaxed cigarettes, a big deal in New York, when they apprehended him. But Garner had just broken up a fight between two other men, who had fled by the time officers showed up, leaving them with no one to arrest but Garner.
They placed the 400-pound man in a choke-hold and proceeded to slam his head against the pavement; piling on top of him as he gasped for air and repeatedly told them 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.
According to the New York Daily News:
“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.
“When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time,” Garner’s wife, Esaw Gardner, told the Daily News.
Police officials claim Garner has a history of arrests for selling untaxed cigarettes. They did not immediately say why officers were at the scene when he drew their attention.
An NYPD spokesman would only say the man “was being placed in custody, went into cardiac arrest and died” at Richmond University Medical Center.
Although police are not saying what led up to this incident, it is believed they responded to fight between two other men.
See the video of the horrible incident below. And go one step further, no matter where you are, and FLOOD the website and offices of the NYPD with your letters that say hashtag #wesawwhatyoudid