The New York Daily News reported a tragic story out of New York City involving video footage of the NYPD choking a 400 lb. man, who outside sources say was only guilty of breaking up a fight.
The asthmatic Staten Island dad Eric Garner, who is a husband and father to six, was clearly standing peaceably on the sidewalk declaring his innocence when New York Police Department officers approached him and attempted to arrest him. They wrestled him to the ground and can be seen shoving his head into the pavement all the while he is saying ‘I can’t breathe.’
Garner is confronted by police officers. During the incident, it appears that police officers not only choke him, but slam his head against the ground. (NYDN)
Police officers subdue Garner with a chokehold. “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Garner yelled repeatedly. (NYDN)
“They’re covering their asses, he was breaking up a fight,” Garner’s mother said to the Daily News. “They harassed and harassed my husband until they killed him.” According to the Daily News, Garner’s family said he didn’t have any cigarettes on him or in his car at the time of his death.