*In the equivalent of a verbal lashing, the Rev. Al Sharpton had choice words for the witnesses that stood around and watched or recorded the recent police attack on – and subsequent death of – Eric Garner. He was angry that people just stood around as a man screamed that he couldn’t breathe, and then did nothing as the officer continued to choke hold him.
On Sunday, Sharpton demanded justice for Garner, who he said was choked to death by New York City police, and said citizens who attack police officers should also be held accountable.
Sharpton held court at Manhattan’s Riverside Church three days after the death of Eric Garner on a Staten Island street.
Garner was “choked by New York City policemen,” Rev. Shapton told the congregation. “What bothers me is that the nation watches a man say ‘I can’t breathe’ and the choking continues, and police surround him and none of them even say, ‘Wait a minute, stop! He can’t breathe!'”
“When does your sense of humanity kick in?” he asked.
The name of the officer linked to what the police commissioner has said was an apparent choke-hold, was released recently. Daniel Pantaleo has been stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk duty.
Choke-holds are banned under department policy. Garner’s cause of death has yet to be determined.
Court records show that within the past two years, three men sued Pantaleo — the officer seen wrapping his arm around Garner’s neck — over allegedly unlawful, racially motivated arrests.
Garner was black.
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