By now, many people have heard the story of Eric Garner. Garner, 43, was a married father of six children and two grandchildren, was killed last week by New York City police officers. The community is outraged by his death and it was caught on video. In the video Garner is confronted by police who claim he was selling cigarettes illegally. He is heard protesting that he was not doing anything; even witnesses can be heard stating that he was not selling anything.
Despite the statement of people around the scene and no evidence, the cops decide to arrest Garner. A violent altercation ensues and Garner is put into a chokehold, which is against police policy. The cops slam his head into the ground and he can be heard saying “I can’t breathe.” Within a few minutes, Garner is dead.
An investigation has been launched by the NYPD Internal Affairs Department into the circumstances surrounding Garner’s death. The New York Daily News has reported that a Detective Howard from NYPD Internal Affairs told family members from the hospital “I’m sorry for your loss … because there is wrongdoing.”
The Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network have become involved in this latest incident of police brutality.
The video of the arrest can be viewed below.