A 400-pound asthmatic Staten Island dad died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, video of the incident shows.
“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 balked at being handcuffed.
Within moments Garner, a married father of six children with two grandchildren, stopped struggling and appeared to be unconscious as police called paramedics to the scene. An angry crowd gathered, some recording with smartphones.
“When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time,” Garner’s wife, Esaw, told the Daily News.
She got no details from police until after she had gone to the hospital to identify his body, she said.
“I saw him with his eyes wide open and I said, ‘Babe, don’t leave me, I need you.’ But he was already gone,” she said.
Technology has gone a long way in terms of keeping institutions accountable but I wouldn’t be surprised if this never saw the level of coverage it needed for justice to be dealt.
So apparently if you’re black you can be choked to death by police for maybe selling untaxed cigarettes.
Dave Chappelle discusses rejecting Comedy Central’s $50 million contract on David Letterman. (x)
"Money is the fuel for choices" - I just want that shouted from the rooftops. Anyone who ever says why didn’t you choose something else, in any context — why does she stay with the guy if he’s hitting her, why do you put up with that awful boss, why don’t you get a job, why don’t you move, why don’t you travel - money is the fuel for choices. I can’t make choices because I’ve got no way to get there.
Money is the fuel for choices. What an elegant way to say it. God I love him.