The death on Friday of a New York City man after an apparent chokehold on the part of police has prompted an investigation by the Staten Island District Attorney’s office and caused Mayor Bill de Blasio to postpone a vacation while he talks with community leaders.
A passerby captured the interaction between Eric Garner, 43, and police on video, and the tape shows Garner saying at least eight times “I can’t breathe” as police appear to push his head into the ground. Garner, an asthmatic who weighed between 350 and 400 pounds, later died.
Police said Garner was resisting arrest and they suspected him of attempting to sell untaxed cigarettes. Witnesses told the Staten Island Advance that he’d just broken up a fight.
A representative in NYPD’s press room referred all questions to a press conference earlier Friday by de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton.
During the press conference, de Blasio called the death of Garner, a married father of six and grandfather of two, “a terrible tragedy.”
"Chokeholds are prohibited by the New York City Police Department and by most departments," Bratton said during the press conference.
Along with the district attorney, police internal affairs also will investigate, Bratton and de Blasio said.
In the videotape, Garner is seen standing on a sidewalk in front of a store as two undercover officers appear to question him.
"Every time you see me, you’re messing with me – I’m tired of it," Garner says. "I’m minding my business officer, I’m minding my business. Please just leave me alone."
The conversation continues until Garner says, “Don’t touch me,” at which point an officer behind Garner appears to put him in a chokehold. Garner sinks quickly to the ground and four officers are on him, subduing him.
Garner says “I can’t breathe” at least eight times as an officer appears to mash his head into the sidewalk.
Police called paramedics and Garner died of cardiac arrest at Richmond University Medical Center, in Staten Island, the NY Daily News reported.
"When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time," Esaw Garner, Eric Garner’s wife, told the NY Daily News.
why do we allow this to happen?
July 19, 2014 Prevent and investigate crime? No way! Why stop real criminals when you can prey on the innocent by enforcing arbitrary laws designed solely for generating revenue? The guy in the video below was an obvious threat to the very fabric of freedom. An unscrupulous criminal mastermind hellbent on collapsing societal order and…
Revenue Generation 101: Prey on Bicyclists Going Through Crosswalks [Video]
This is truly and utterly ridiculous. How would you have reacted if this costumed thug tried to extort money from you for this? I’d be pissed!
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Florida city imposes fines and jailtime for violating dress code on public property - Police State USA
OCALA, FL — A city council has voted unanimously to impose a public dress code, enforceable by the police, and punishable by fines and up to 6 months in jail.
The 4-0 vote on July 15th officially created a new crime in the City of Ocala: wearing saggy pants. Councilwoman Mary Rich introduced it, as she did once before in 2009.
Individuals whose pants sag two (2) inches below the natural waistline may now be issued a 2nd Degree Misdemeanor. The punishment is fines of up to $500.00 or the possibility of jail time up to 180 days.
Officials lauded the new policy, citing it as “the right thing to do” and an improvement on “public decency.” Others questioned how it could be enforced and what kind of confrontations it might create between police and citizens.
The dress code can be enforced on any property that is owned or leased by the city. That includes streets, sidewalks, parking lots, parks, sports & recreation facilities, swimming pools, municipal buildings, the downtown square, and public transportation.
City Attorney Patrick Gilligan could not definitively say how the law applies to bathing suits. “If that becomes a problem, we will start dealing with that,” said Gilligan. “Right now, it’s pants on men or women.”
Ocala officials claimed the police will be lenient and provide warnings, but it is difficult to be overly-optimistic about that promise holding up.
Another Florida city recently created a similar public dress code. Cocoa, Florida, began policing “saggers” in 2013.
Basic freedoms — like the right to dress one’s self — should never be discarded for feckless attempts at social engineering. Any perceived benefits of clothing uniformity do not make this a right and proper use of government.
The law, no matter how gently it is approached, represents another opportunity for government agents to interrupt people on the street and initiate confrontations that may easily lead to searches and further harassment.
The presence of tape-measure wielding police officers — literally photographing butt cracks as evidence of a crime — illustrates how completely the concerns over personal liberty have been erased from the minds of lawmakers, police, and American voters.
Official misconduct doesn’t just come from “a few bad apples.”
If it was just a few “bad apples,” would there be 350+ posts on this blog over the course of the last 18 months? No. No, there would not.
Reason #8? The Blue Wall of Silence that enforces a “no snitching” rule within the ranks of police. As this now-ex-cop exemplifies.
Cop With History of ‘Malfunctioning’ Body Cam Shoots 19-year-old Girl. Yep, Another ‘Malfunction’
Officer Jeremy Dear has a history of a “malfunctioning” body camera during his applications of force.
According to Dear’s personnel file, in January 2013, he helped break up a Downtown brawl and, in the process, he “did strike (the 22-year-old suspect) several times in his facial area with a closed fist,” according to his description of the incident.
Dear wrote that the man had struck him in the jaw and was resisting arrest, according to the personnel file. His lapel video was not on, but his partner’s was on for the beginning and aftermath, according to the file.
A month later, in February 2013, Dear pulled a man over for speeding. The man later filed a citizen complaint, alleging Dear used excessive force by pulling him out of his car, kicking him in the genitals and setting the handcuffs too tight.
The latest ‘malfunction’ happened last April when Dear shot and killed 19-year-old Mary Hawkes.
Hawkes was suspected of auto theft. The pursuit ended in the death of Hawkes after a foot chase in the early morning hours of April 21, 2014.
Police said Hawkes was pointing a gun at the pursuing officer. A semi-automatic pistol was found near her body
The autopsy report showed that she died of 3 bullet wounds, which were fired from a downward trajectory.
The other lapel cams of the officers involved in the Hawkes incident did not show the shooting. In some of the videos the gun cannot be seen either.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, an APD spokeswoman said officers moved the gun into the dirt nearby “for officer safety” after a still image of the shooting was captured. One video shows an object near her head as an officer arrives.
APD claims that these body camera cables are designed in a break away fashion to prevent the officers from being strangled with the cords.
APD is no stranger to death and corruption. Recent shootings coupled with their history of shootings and corruption in the past have sparked multiple resignations along with a federal investigation.
Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cop-history-malfunctioning-body-cam-shoots-19-year-old-girl-yep-malfunction/#bBmetvr3tZDufK7m.99waroncops.tumblr.com
dead cops resolve more crime than live cops.