Video: De Blasio Addresses Death of Man Strangled by NYPD Officer

Cut to 31:45 into the video see the beginning of the press conference.


On Thursday night, Staten Island man Eric Garner, 43, known affectionately as "Big E,"died while being arrested after an NYPD officer placed him in a chokehold. Garner, a father of six, was reportedly asthmatic. A disturbing video of the incident posted on Live Leak shows that Garner repeatedly said "I can't breathe!", sounding close to tears, as the police held him to the ground. The Staten Island Advance reports that Garner, who stood over 6 feet and weighed more than 350 pounds, was a fixture in the neighborhood who sometimes sold loose cigarettes for 50 cents apiece. Witnesses have said that Garner was trying to break up a fight in front of a beauty supply store.

Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a statement yesterday extending his condolences to Garner's family and promising he and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton would investigate the incident. He added, "We are harnessing all resources available to the City to ensure a full and thorough investigation of the circumstances of this tragic incident." De Blasio and Bratton are set to hold a live-streamed press conference this afternoon at 3:30. It'll play above when it's available.

Public Advocate Letitia James also issued a statement, pointing out that NYPD police prohibits chokeholds. "The video raises serious questions and it is important that we review whether departmental procedures were followed. There must be a swift investigation of this horrific incident," she said.

Communities United for Police Reform, a group that frequently calls attention to bad policing practices against New York communities of color, is furious. They, too, issued a statement, calling Garner's death "unacceptable and tragic," adding it's "yet another example of unnecessary police encounters resulting from broken windows-style policing that targets New Yorkers of color - in this case escalating with fatal consequences."

Chokeholds have been prohibited by NYPD policy since 1992. In 1994, Anthony Baez, a 29-year-old Bronx security guard and college student who was also asthmatic, died after he was placed in a chokehold during a chaotic arrest. The incident reportedly began when Baez's football hit a police department patrol car.

Here is the video of Garner's arrest that was posted to Live Leak. It's upsetting. Be warned.


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glorp420
glorp420

how come not one cop tried cpm or tried to resuscitate the victim,,,,,,

RevSharpton
RevSharpton

"It's upsetting." So true... It's upsetting that the man did not submit to a lawful arrest that then required the police to apply force to overcome his resistance. He may very well have avoided his own demise and had many more future opportunities at violating the law. Suggestion: If you're going to resist arrest you should at least be in good health, lest you die on the sidewalk of your own volition.

radioraheim
radioraheim

FIVE O killed another man. What's new

christopher168
christopher168

Another source said the likely cause of death will be a heart attack, although other actions — including the illegal takedown of Garner — ‘will probably go down as contributing factors.’


Which forces the question,  when authority figures decide to apply degrees of actions/duress/violence/heavy handedness on citizens and they come to suffer injury or fatality should we expect authority figures to accept culpability for such measures?


Which also raises other questions, could have cops chosen other less combative ways to respond to Eric Garner and why in the face of no immediate threat or life or death circumstances did cops use such overt aggressive tactics? Or is this 

just how cops go about business? Especially as some on the web have suggested if one is a minority…


http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2014/07/video-eric-garner-choked-dad-offered-no-medical-aid-by-nypd/

richman2156
richman2156

unarmed....a father and grandfather.....really wasn't much a a threat...makes a lot of sense....I feel sorry for the family.....#morons in uniform

cformusic
cformusic topcommenter

the cycle keeps repeating itself..nothing will change

Jeff Fagen
Jeff Fagen

Our tax dollars at work. Morons in uniform.

Sean Patrick
Sean Patrick

He wasn't strangled, people who can't breath can't talk. He likely died of positional asphyxia exacerbated by his weight and asthma; but that's not an attention grabbing headline.

knighthawk
knighthawk

Nothing will happen to the officer.  Nothing ever happens to the officers.  Black, brown, white, purple... it doesn't matter.  This is NOT a race thing, it's a police abuse of power that happens in every single corner of the USA every single day.  This news conference is B.S.

anonymous
anonymous

this is fucked up those policemen are white trash

Mike
Mike

Reminds me of the 1970's as a kid I'd witness cops administering tune ups resulting in deaths. The guy was supposedly selling illegal cigarettes which he didnt pay taxes.

kingkredible
kingkredible

These officers are trained in first aid. The fact that none of them even attempted to administer any suggests to me that this was outright murder.

tbetz
tbetz

I hope "99" has a real good 401k. He's unlikely to collect his pension.


Stupid thugs.

mabaumbach
mabaumbach

@RevSharpton You people talk about the cops like you've accepted that they're animals that have no responsibility for the safety of people they arrest or detain. It's like somebody gets mauled to death by a cougar and someone says, "if only he didn't crouch down or act nervous, as this probably provoked the animal." Cops are not supposed to be a dangerous force to civilians that require unreasonably careful conduct to avoid being KILLED. Maybe his chances of survival would have been increased if he let them destroy his dignity, is basically what you're saying. These guys are out of control and you don't care one bit.

anon5123
anon5123

@christopher168 "could have cops chosen other less combative ways to respond to Eric Garner and why in the face of no immediate threat or life or death circumstances did cops use such overt aggressive tactics?"

Yes, they could have. This appears to be an instance of poor training, and institutionalized racism. Poor training on the choke hold, at the very least, and probably racially motiviated to specifically chose such an aggressive tactic on an unarmed man. 

pendragon3
pendragon3 topcommenter

When did you examine the body to form that conclusion?

mabaumbach
mabaumbach

@knighthawk It's a race thing. Sure, it happens to people of all races, but it happens way more often to people of color and there are far fewer consequences for the cops.

rsandrau
rsandrau

@knighthawk  it is absolutely a race thing.  When being black is institutionalized as BAD then white cops (in fact, all trained cops) feel it is their duty to kill the bad guys.  This would have never EVER happened to an equally passive (aside from shouting "leave me alone"), unarmed white man and you know it!  I agree it's an abuse of power but with a giant heap of blatant racism.  Let's not ignore the fact that this country is built on a foundation of racism that has given whites unearned privileges (including assumptions of being GOOD) that are withheld from all people of color.  I urge you to read more about racism in America and you'll see for yourself how this story IS about race.

benicorp
benicorp

@tbetz From what I understand, their pensions aren't docked no matter what they've done. Any lawsuits are just paid by the city i.e. taxes. 


So we get the distinct pleasure of first paying their salaries, then running the risk of paying with our safety and/or freedom, and finally paying for their aggression. 


On the bright side, high school bullies can graduate knowing they have a solid career option.

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