New York Police Officer : The Nypd For Selling Untaxed Cigarettes

1018 Words Sep 24th, 2016 5 Pages
On July 17th, 2014, Eric Garner died in Stanton Island, New York after New York City police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, administered an illegal chokehold on him. Eric Garner was well known by the NYPD for selling untaxed cigarettes not far from the very place where the deadly incident occurred. On the day of his death, NYPD officers approached Garner on suspicion of selling “loose cigarettes”. Tired of constantly being harassed by the police, Garner refused to cooperate stating that he was not participating in a criminal act. In a video taken by Garner’s friend you can hear him say “Every time you see me you want to arrest me, I’m tired of this, this stops today, I didn’t do nothing, I’m minding my business, officer” (Calabresi, 2014). The officers went on to arrest Garner, as he continued to resist. As officer Pantaleo began to pin Garner’s arms behind his back, Garner pulled his arms away leading to Pantaleo putting his arms around Garner’s neck, making him fall to the grown backwards. Pantaleo then began to push his face into the ground while four other officers moved to restrain him. He then repeated the very words that left the African American community sick to their stomach; 11 times he stated, "I can 't breathe". Officers then turned 400 pound Garner on his side in an attempt to ease his breathing until the ambulance arrived, he was unconscious. Garner was pronounced dead at the hospital one hour later.
According to the New York Times, a New York City medical…

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