New York City cops have been telling a Staten Island judge that the death of choke hold victim Eric Garner was instrumental in his own death because he was “too fat” and had health issues. According to the latest report by ABC News, New York City merchants were sick of telling Eric Garner to get off of their property while selling cigarettes illegally. They were glad when the NYPD confronted him, but didn’t know that would end in his death.
ABC News continues that a grand jury found that if Eric Garner could repeat the phrase “I can’t breathe,” it meant that he was surely able to breathe. The details of exactly what went on in court are limited, though jurors most likely heard from medical experts who testified to this fact.
For the past two months, jurors reviewed video footage of the chokehold. The officer seen in the video, Daniel Pantaleo, denies putting Mr. Garner in a chokehold, stating instead that he used the “take down maneuver” to restrain him since he resisted arrest. New York City police officers, who feel that the community has abandoned them and thrown them under the bus, are expected to go through hours of retraining officers, according to the Huffington Post.
Days ago, the Inquisitr reported that officer Daniel Pantaleo was cleared of all responsibility regarding Eric Garner’s death, leaving the victim’s wife and children devastated by the loss. With the outrage over the Michael Brown Ferguson case, protesters of all nationalities have taken to the streets of New York to protest over the verdict.
People live at the scene in NYC say that the energy among the people is electrifying, and that the media coverage doesn’t fully capture the strong feelings of protesters, young and old, white, black, and Hispanic. There have been several clashes between police and protesters.
Holding up signs, with the words “I can’t breathe,” and striking the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” people want to see and bring about a change as many people are truly hurting in America.
The protests have also extended to Chicago, Washington D.C., and Raleigh, North Carolina. More protests are expected to develop.
Eric Garner’s children have taking to television to express their hurt and pain over the verdict. And they are left with only one question. Why?