In July 2014, 43-year-old Eric Garner died after being arrested by police on Staten Island, New York.
It is reported that the police tried to arrest him on suspicion of selling single cigarettes from packs without tax stamps. The police claim that he allegedly began to resist arrest. One of the officers put him in a prohibited chokehold and pinned him to the ground. The police officers were pinning Garner to the ground for several minutes.
About an hour after being arrested by the police, he died at a local hospital. It was later revealed that Garner suffered from asthma and heart disease. In the video from the scene, Garner can be heard screaming that he can’t breathe.
His relatives won a case against the city and the police department, and in July 2021, the state appeals court denied the city’s request for a review of the case. In October 2021, court hearings were held at which the police officers testified.
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“As you know, in 2019, Daniel Pantaleo was finally fired because of killing my son with a chokehold, and I’ve fought for five years for this to happen. This didn’t happen because of the police department or the de Blasio administration, it happened because I just fought tooth and nail,” Gwen Carr said during a court hearing.
“There were officers who lied on official reports; there were officers who looked the other way while my son was being murdered; other officers pounced on my son while he laid helplessly on that hot ground… All of these things need to be brought out,” Gwen Carr said.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.