Eric Garner

Eric Garner


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Eric Garner is another American citizen dead due to excessive  police force.

On July 14th, 2014, Garner (an unarmed man) was choked to death by officer Justin Damico and Daniel Pantelo. Damico claims he was suspicious of Garner selling “loosies” also known as single cigarettes. Garner explained he had not been selling single cigarettes and felt like he was being harassed. Both of the officers proceeded to arrest him and soon enough, Pantelo had put Garner in a choke-hold position. Desperately repeating that he could not breathe, Garner was announced dead an hour later at a hospital. City medical examiners declared that Garner died because of neck compression and the positioning during the restraint of the officers, other factors included bronchial asthma, heart disease, obesity, and hypertensive cardiovascular disease  have been killed by police . Are the poor families of all these victims ever going to get the justice they need?  Damico and Panetelo were put on desk duty and later grand jury decided not to indict Pantelo. Unlike the other cases, there was videotaped evidence and it still came out to be the same result.

“Here, there is is none of that [ambiguity]. The coroner called it homicide, the guy’s not acting threatening, and we know that because we are (expletive) watching it. Someone taped it.”

-Jon Stewart, Host of the Daily Show

 It’s crazy to think that we live in a world where racism still exists. Some officers are going beyond their authority at this point and I may be wrong but it’s just such a coincidence that Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner are all of the same skin color as they are all victims of excessive police force. This is causing outrages, rallies and protests not just in New York or Ferguson but it’s becoming a world wide thing. Are we doing anything to make things better? I completely understand being a police officer is a hard job but I also believe there is a small percentage of officers that are slightly racist and that’s what needs to change. How do we change it? It honestly up to the people of this nation to take a stand on this issue. Who knows what they outcome will be but hopefully some justice will be served.

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