On the NYPD Killing of Eric Garner

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July 18, 2014, was the latest in a series of police brutality cases that end with the death of the person targeted by the police. Eric Garner was a 43-year-old African-American man from Staten Island. The confrontation he had with the police, which led to his death by suffocation, was filmed by an onlooker, and the link is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-5UY9I1EbU

The video shows very clearly that there was nothing that justified any use of force by the police, let alone excessive force. One hears Garner arguing with the police, saying he has done nothing wrong and wants to be left alone. Suddenly a few police officers are on top of him; he soon cries, “I can’t breathe!,” but they continue holding him to the ground, one officer using a choke-hold that kills Garner. At the end of the deadly confrontation, there are about ten officers at the scene, and some…

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