'Gentle Giant' Dies After NYPD Cop Puts Him In Chokehold

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A New York resident died Thursday after police officers put the man, who was asthmatic, in a chokehold before apparently slamming his head on the ground.

UPDATE: Video of Garner is exclusive to the New York Daily News, and has now been removed from this story per their request.

The New York Daily News obtained exclusive video of the incident, which shows Staten Island man Eric Garner, 43, begging officers to let him breathe as he lies on the ground helpless.

Now, his family is demanding accountability from the NYPD.

Police said Garner, who was a married father of six children, died of a heart attack during the arrest, according to The Associated Press. The NYPD said Garner had been seen selling untaxed cigarettes, and that he had been arrested before for the same offense.

In the video, Garner denied the allegations and asked a plainclothes officer why he was stopped.

“Every time you see me you want to mess with me," Garner told cops in the video. "I’m tired of it. It stops today!”

When Garner refused to put his hands behind his back, and asked one officer not to touch him, two others moved in to make the arrest.

Video shows at least one officer putting Garner in a chokehold and slamming him on the ground.

Garner can be heard screaming "I can't breathe, I can't breathe!" before going quiet.

Multiple witnesses to the death expressed anger at the NYPD.

“They jumped him and they were choking him. He was foaming at the mouth,” 22-year-old Ramsey Orta, who took the video, told The Daily News. “And that’s it, he was done. The cops were saying, ‘No, he’s OK, he’s OK.' He wasn’t OK.”

Another witness said Garner was "absolutely not selling cigarettes," Staten Island Live reported.

Those who knew Garner described him as a "gentle giant" and "a big teddy bear," according to the publication. His family members, including his wife Esaw Garner, said her husband suffered from chronic asthma.

Police told The AP that an investigation into his death is ongoing. The NYPD said Garner "took a fighting stance" and "absolutely resisted arrest."

In 1993, then-Commisioner Ray Kelly banned the use of chokeholds by officers, the New York Times reported.

More from a 2004 NYPD Patrol Guide:

"Members of the New York City Police Department will NOT use chokeholds. A chokehold shall include, but is not limited to, any pressure to the throat or windpipe, which may prevent or hinder breathing or reduce intake of air."

At a memorial for Garner Thursday night, family members, friends, and supporters asked for justice.

"Is this cop still going to be on the force?" one woman asked SI Live. "Is this cop still going to be able to do this to somebody else?"

Community residents are attempting to organize a march on Friday.

UPDATE: Mayor Bill De Blasio has released a statement regarding the death of Garner.

"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Garner, who died yesterday afternoon while being placed in police custody. We have a responsibility to keep every New Yorker safe, and that includes when individuals are in custody of the NYPD. That is a responsibility that Police Commissioner Bratton and I take very seriously. We are harnessing all resources available to the City to ensure a full and thorough investigation of the circumstances of this tragic incident. The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is working closely with the Office of the Richmond County District Attorney, which is leading this investigation."
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tattered

Uber-Aryan
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They want accountability for the death of a man who's on video clearly resisting arrest? Hmm
 
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I'll be the first to call out cops for being too violent, but that was pretty much textbook. Just one of those freak occurrences.
 

gleet

What's black and white and red all over?
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“Every time you see me you want to mess with me," Garner told cops in the video. "I’m tired of it. It stops today!”
He was right.

Garner can be heard screaming "I can't breathe, I can't breathe!" before going quiet.
 
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They want accountability for the death of a man who's on video clearly resisting arrest? Hmm
Well they should have known he had Asthma... and gravy for blood... I think the NYPD should hire more doctors.
 

Chino Kapone

Yo, whats wrong wit da beer we got?
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If the cops just walk away, none of this happens. Instead they had to bring in half a dozen cops to take down someone who was doing no harm to anyone else. These cops should all be fired.
 

NuttyJim

Registered User
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They should just disband the NYPD while this asshole is mayor. He is never going to back them.

Fucking Cunt
 
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It's great to see that the priority one of the NYPD is to enforce the tobacco tax laws...I'm sure they are all proud and will earn a gold shield for taking down that bastion of evil....Holy shit don't they have real crimes to investigate? Wow...IF they were really after him because he sold untaxed cigarettes that's fucking retarded.


And I just got back from an 11 day italian vacation..I would be so hasty with that cancellation...They sell food there that would get you killed for selling it in NYC...soooo tasty!
 

weeniewawa

it's a man, baby!!!
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"gentle giant" ALWAYS means weird and psychotic and on meds
 

Lord Zero

Registered User
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Video of Garner is exclusive to the New York Daily News, and has now been removed from this story per their request.
If you're going to watch a video of another human being dying horribly, it's going to be on New York Daily News' terms, goddammit.
 

Lord Zero

Registered User
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If the cops just walk away, none of this happens. Instead they had to bring in half a dozen cops to take down someone who was doing no harm to anyone else. These cops should all be fired.
"Vice cops don't fight real crime." - Doug Stanhope
 

Lord Zero

Registered User
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I'll be the first to call out cops for being too violent, but that was pretty much textbook. Just one of those freak occurrences.
It was textbook up until the part where they insisted that an obviously medically-distressed man was a-okay. After that, it lapsed into utter stupidity.
 

Ballbuster1

In The Danger Zone...
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Granted he shouldn't have died but you can't put all the blame on the cops.

When people that try and tell the cops what they can and can't do it doesn't end well.

“Every time you see me you want to mess with me," Garner told cops in the video. "I’m tired of it. It stops today!”

When Garner refused to put his hands behind his back, and asked one officer not to touch him, two others moved in to make the arrest.
 

DiggerNick

Well-Known Member
Donator
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It's a very bad bit of business and it shouldn't have happened, but black people just have to resist arrest.

Every time I see some enraged sheboon mouthing off and fighting cops I pray the bitch gets choked out or tazed.
 

lajikal

Registered User
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Fucker repeated 'I can't breathe' a million times. Retarded power-tripping cops.
 
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And one vulture is sitting on the kill apparently...



Esaw Garner, wife of Eric Garner, breaks down in the arms of Rev. Herbert Daughtry, center, and Rev. Al Sharpton, right, during a rally at the National Action Network headquarters for Eric Garner, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in New York.
 
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Oh from that story I got this picture from:

Garner was arrested in Staten Island after he was allegedly seen selling "loosie" cigarettes, police said. Garner was known for selling individual cigarettes for 50 cents each in his Staten Island neighborhood.

Police said the cigarettes come from North Carolina and Garner is the end of the supply line. Because the Staten Island man allegedly sold cigarettes to children, the police called the cigarettes a "quality of life" issue in the neighborhood.

Garner's death has led to outrage, especially after video obtained by the New York Daily News appeared to show that the man was put into a chokehold as he was arrested.


How much is a pack of smokes in NYC now $15 or something?
 
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