Eric Garner Pleaded for His Life As Police Put Him in Chokehold

Eric Garner died of chokehold

Eric Garner pleaded for his life as an aggressive NYPD officer put him in a chokehold on the sidewalk outside a beauty salon on Staten Island, NY, Thursday. “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Garner gasped as the cop held him in a death grip. Garner, an asthmatic father of six, died of cardiac arrest on the way to a hospital.

Eric Garner died of chokehold

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio postponed a vacation to Italy to meet with Garner’s family and civic leaders. He called Garner’s death a “very troubling” incident.

“This is a terrible tragedy that occurred yesterday. A terrible tragedy that no family should have to experience,” said de Blasio, calling the video of the incident “very troubling.”

Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the cop who put Garner in a chokehold, was stripped of his badge and gun and put on modified desk duty while the investigation is ongoing. Pantaleo has been accused of being heavy handed with other black suspects in the past.

The incident began when Garner, 43, was approached by a plainclothes officer. The officer was investigating a report that Garner was selling untaxed cigarettes. Garner vigorously denied the charge. A big man who stood 6′-4″ and just a shade under 400 pounds, Garner raised both fists and told the officer not to touch him. A witness captured the scene on cell phone video as NYPD officers sneaked up on Garner from behind.

Four paramedics who responded to the scene on Thursday were placed on modified duty pending an investigation. It isn’t clear what the paramedics did, or didn’t do.

The NYPD has outlawed the use of chokeholds during arrests.

In a statement, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch called Pantaleo’s reassignment “a completely unwarranted, kneejerk reaction for political reasons.” He said the move “effectively pre-judges this case and denies the officer the very benefit of a doubt that has long been part of the social contract that allows police officers to face the risks of this difficult and complex job.”

Garner’s 18-year-old son said he and his family are still struggling to understand the senseless tragedy.

“I want to ask the man that did it, ‘What made you choke him like that?’ ” Eric Snipes said. “What made him put his hand around his bare neck?”

On Saturday, Garner’s friends and family held a rally organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton and other civic leaders.

“This crowd was composed of good, well-meaning people who understood that peace was the only option and were adamant that things remain calm over Eric’s death,” said New York photographer Joel Graham who shared his photos of the rally on CNN iReport. “I have been to protests that have been violent, but this crowd reflected who Eric was,” he said.

“I had empathy for Eric and how he must have felt trying to catch his breath, and sympathy for the family. This was a heartfelt emotional protest because everyone loved Eric,” he said.

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    48 Responses to “Eric Garner Pleaded for His Life As Police Put Him in Chokehold”

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      :(

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      Bad Influence says:

      This entire situation is disgusting. I saw both videos and I was absolutely speechless and nauseous after watching them.

      I’m so sorry for his family because that video is everywhere and I cnt imagine watching a video of my loved one being murdered…smh

      R.I.P to Mr. Eric Garner

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      Man I was sitting at Olive Garden and saw this story and I dropped my head… Then I noticed this white btch watching Me… I looked and my reflex popped that ho3 s Bird :tea: sick of folks … This is a shame :no:

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      scorpio says:

      First the lady beat on the side of the freeway by a highway patrolman, now this. Then you have news reporters like the one in New Jersey making commentary like they know the history of cops and African Americans.

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      In a statement, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch called Pantaleo’s reassignment “a completely unwarranted, kneejerk reaction for political reasons.” He said the move “effectively pre-judges this case and denies the officer the very benefit of a doubt that has long been part of the social contract that allows police officers to face the risks of this difficult and complex job.”
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      SMH. What a buffoon. It’s ridiculous that this “Patrolmen’s President” even has the gumption to release a statement like this. Just goes to show that he knows that as always this murderer will be absolved since he is a cop.

      Talkin bout “don’t prejudge this cop” when these murderers prejudged this dude. SMH.

      Yt men shouldn’t even be allowed to be police officers.

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      Beta says:

      fUKKING PIGS

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      NFL players Da’Quan Bowers and Ricky Sapp were involved in an altercation with FARRAH FRANKLIN, formerly a member of the R&B group DESTINY’s Child, which resulted in FRANKLIN being arrested for disorderly conduct.

      The Associated Press reports that Bowers told police that he had flown FRANKLIN in from her home in California to visit him in Myrtle Beach, and that he, FRANKLIN and Sapp got together for a night of drinking on Saturday night.

      When the three of them went to Sapp’s home, however, Franklin was “yelling, slamming doors and refused to stop when asked,” according to the police report. That led Bowers and Sapp to call the police. When police arrived, they found Franklin in Sapp’s neighbor’s yard, and according to the report she told police she “did not have anywhere else to go and was planning on sleeping in the woods.”

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      Wasting time says:

      Then you have news reporters like the one in New Jersey making commentary like they know the history of cops and African Americans.
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      Yes to this. Like before you make comments about why no one has sympathy for a cop’s death in a particular part of town do your homework.

      That OLD homeless lady getting punched in the face like that was the saddest and sickest ish I’ve ever seen in my life and that dude was put on desk duty too.

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      “did not have anywhere else to go and was planning on sleeping in the woods.”
      ___________________

      why did this make me buss out laughing? :kona: cuz its soooo not funny! :no:

      how old is she?

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      all this over selling cigarettes huh? :no:
      seems a Black Man would have a better chance of surviving in Guantanamo than on the streets of NYC :wtf:

    13. 13

      I can’t see the video but all this could have been avoided :tea:

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      lovezoe says:

      Our life has no worth to some people.

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      That OLD homeless lady getting punched in the face like that was the saddest and sickest ish I’ve ever seen in my life and that dude was put on desk duty too.
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      :smh: that shyt was horrible!

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      Thing
      Like :wtf: kind if arrest plan was this? :blink:

      If they were so scared why not use a taser or something :shrug:

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      <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers says:

      I can’t see the video but all this could have been avoided
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      :tape: girlllllllll :kona:

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      Matchsticks says:

      @Luv

      Did you see her mugshot? Tell me she didn’t look like Tami Roman! :lol:

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      Beta says:

      It’s weird that she looks like Tammi Roman on her mugshot

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      Matchsticks says:

      but why did dude filming this vid keep saying that the man was trying to break up a fight? I’m not understanding the selling illegal cigs story…

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      SummerBaby says:

      I can’t bring myself to watch the video. This is so sad RIP Eric!

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      lovezoe says:

      Match- he has been arrested before for selling ciggies, that’s why they were questioning him. If you can’t take down a man of that stature who from the picture looks unhealthy, then you don’t need to be a cop. Plenty of other LEGAL take down methods.

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      18

      Matchsticks says:
      Did you see her mugshot? Tell me she didn’t look like Tami Roman! :lol:
      ~~~~
      :huh: I didn’t see her mugshot. :pc:

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      MisUnderstood says:

      From downstairs, people just want to see the Carters fail. I am not a fan of either but my goodness, enough of this ish already.

      On topic, I watched this video & was so sadden at him saying I can’t breathe, yet 99 kept going. It does not take 5 cops to take one man down, regardless if he’s 400lbs. That was not necessary. And one cop actually said that’s enough & yet..so very unneccesary. :smh:

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      Plenty of other LEGAL take down methods.
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      I think tasing him would have had the same result. He just wasnt healthy. :no: still wrong but I think he was on his way out and they just tipped him over the edge.

      and this is NOT the “widow” they showed at first. his “other” widow has a newborn by him. nigga was probably stressed the fugg out and hot :phew:

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      “The Associated Press reports that Bowers told police that he had flown FRANKLIN in from her home in California to visit him in Myrtle Beach”
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      :think: isn’t this the same former DC member who was on millionaire matchmater (as one of the millionaires)? what happened to her money? why leave Cali to hang out at Myrtle Beach? sew many questions… :shrug: :think:

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      :stop: hol up, so she had two niggs paying for her flight but still would consider sleeping in the woods? :eek: chile, a wet pussi and a dry purse do not go together. :no:

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      @NANCY
      ““The Associated Press reports that Bowers told police that he had flown FRANKLIN in from her home in California to visit him in Myrtle Beach”
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      isn’t this the same former DC member who was on millionaire matchmater (as one of the millionaires)? what happened to her money? why leave Cali to hang out at Myrtle Beach? sew many questions…
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      Um… she pretty much sounds like a hoe now. :shrugs:

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      why leave Cali to hang out at Myrtle Beach? sew many questions
      ~~~~~~~~
      I was Just thinking, they must were going to pay her for her services for the weekend
      :tea:

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      MisUnderstood says:

      Was Franklin high, on the roofie, or mental?

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      If they were so scared why not use a taser or something
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      this was my EXACT question when mister was watching the video (i don’t want to see it :no: ) why not tase him (not that he presents any real ‘flight risk’ in the first place) :no: some of these police officers are just simple-minded sworn savages w/badges :nono:

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      chile, a wet pussi and a dry purse do not go together.
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      :chase:

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      MisUnderstood says:

      Was Franklin high, on the roofie, or mental?
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      she was arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct.

      she said if Beyonce can be drankin she can be drankin’ too got dammit :buttshake:

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      SJ says:

      Disgusting and despicable.

      Desk duty? Pathetic. How tf long is this “investigation” going to be? There is footage clear af-ing day, but they want to take forever conducting an “investigation.”

      I literally want to punch the b—h in the green shirt. Animal.

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      lovezoe says:

      isn’t this the same former DC member who was on millionaire matchmater (as one of the millionaires)? what happened to her money? why leave Cali to hang out at Myrtle Beach? sew many questions…
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      Farrah won’t in the group long enough to be a millionaire, probably not a thousandaire. They probably had a casting call and she made the cut.

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      Sapp and Bowers both told police they thought Franklin had been doing drugs. Bowers told police he was suspicious of Franklin because she would go to the bathroom for extended periods of time.

      :facepalm:

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      OpinionHated says:

      This is why that NJ city was all like kill them mofo’s cops the other day – sh*t like this… and they wonder why the black community is anti police… on the flip side… black people stop trying to do crimes when you know the penalty for even the mildest crime could be your death by an over aggressive cop or wanna be cop (Zimmerman)….

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      Matchsticks says:

      somebody on twitter said Farrah’s voice was like bad breaks, I said Tavia’s must have been the struts about to go out… :coffee:

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      CocoKhaleesi says:

      Ain’t no money in the world get me to watch this here video… Not my son’s… But folk wanna claim “to serve and protect” who needs lynching and Jim crow when you have the police… And I see the media trying hard to push these raggedy police comedy movies… Does this ish right here look funny? First someone great grandmother being pummeled in the face by a grown man to stop her from endangering herself and then these police officers who were placed on PAID desk duty…. Welcome to America black men

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      sassyshe says:

      Its the nypd people forget louima, bell and the countless others that the nypd violate or kill in the line of duty. Theres gonna be a trial, cop gets off, then the family sues the city and the city ties them up in years of litigation hoping they get tired.

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      sassyshe says:

      Didnt some other football player or some other rich dude alluded to farrah being a hoe for hire a few years ago. Didnt tank use to blow her back out, back in the days

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      The Pearl! says:

      Thank you for the post, Auntie.

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      @SASSY
      “Its the nypd people forget louima, bell and the countless others that the nypd violate or kill in the line of duty. Theres gonna be a trial, cop gets off, then the family sues the city and the city ties them up in years of litigation hoping they get tired.”
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      :yes:
      :cosign:

      It’s like they have the script down pat.

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      Bliss says:

      I live in NYC and this behavior especially on Staten Island with those Italian PO and FDNY EMT is nothing out of the ordinary. In this case, it was caught on iphone plus the man died. Also, the likelihood of the EMTs not doing anything once the man was inside the ambulance is a posibilty. That is the racism that exsist with these Italians espeially the ones on Staten Island :no:

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      Bliss says:

      This is why that NJ city was all like kill them mofo’s cops the other day – sh*t like this… and they wonder why the black community is anti police… on the flip side… black people stop trying to do crimes when you know the penalty for even the mildest crime could be your death by an over aggressive cop or wanna be cop (Zimmerman)….

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      :cosign: :no:

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      thriftStoreJungle says:

      this video breaks my heart. this man, who was not resisting or being belligerent, was murdered by this lousy POS fake tough guy w/a badge. give the man a ticket if you think he’s done something wrong. modern day lynching. and they wonder why we ain’t “over it” yet. prayers, peace, and understanding to his family.

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      Nicky says:

      I am a COP and this type of behavior from another Fellow Officer disgusts me!

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