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Eric Garner update: NYPD cover-up begins with leaked memo

Eric Garner NYPD cover-up begins with leaked memo

Eric Garner NYPD cover-up begins with leaked memo

The death of Eric Garner, a father of six and grandfather of two, has shocked the nation. Cellphone footage caught a NYPD police officer put Garner in a chokehold, which is against departmental policy. Garner is heard saying, “I can’t breathe” eleven times before he dies in the chokehold. The officers involved have been disciplined while an Internal Affairs investigation takes place. But now the New York Daily News has obtained an internal police report that seems to indicate an attempted cover-up was already starting.

In the internal report, NYPD supervisors fail to state that Garner was placed in a prohibited chokehold and also paint an image of Garner that conflict with the video footage. NYPD Sgt. Dhanan Saminath told interviewers that officers were “maintaining control of him” and Garner “did not appear to be in great distress.”  Another supervisor Sgt. Kitty Adonis is quoted as saying that “the perpetrator’s condition did not seem serious and that he did not appear to get worse.”

Clearly evident in the video is a violent takedown of Garner and at least six officers violently jumping on Garner and slamming his head and shoulders into the concrete while a chokehold is applied. After Garner lies lifeless on the ground, paramedics arrive on the scene and do not attempt to render any aid. One EMT can be scene feeling Garner’s neck for a pulse and that was the extent of assistance. There is now an ongoing investigation against EMTs Nicole Palmeri and Stephanie Greenberg and another two unidentified EMTs.


  1. mioman on July 27, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    they will get away with it watch

  2. JUSTICE on July 28, 2014 at 6:29 am


  3. sugarbutterbean on July 29, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    this farther maddest us .. the emt was prejudice to they were suppose to see if his air ways were clear , and try to move everyone a side to resusitate him.. what the hell did they show up for … emt some of them are poorly trained also .. and is routine on those calls i dreed the day i may have to be placed in an ambulance non of us know if or when we will have to . be . but they need to do their jobs from the time of arrival period

  4. nutterbutter on December 4, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    These so called EMT’s should NOT have the ability to practice if they do not have the ability to properly check for a pulse or make sure the airway is cleared. All that should have been don on the sidewalk prior to placement on the stretcher. Then it did not take 4 minutes 30 seconds to do this which is how much time elapsed once Palmeri and Greenburg were on the scene. Some people should lose their license to practice for this, there are videos available online showing the time elapsed. The victim in an unconscious state , the victim with eyes roiled back in his head and NO respiration’s occurring, the EMT touching his stomach and chest and arm. People should be losing their JOBS for this substandard care..