Al Sharpton Will Speak At Funeral Of Man Killed By Unnecessary NYPD Chokehold
Man Killed By Unnecessary NYPD Chokehold [VIDEO]
A Staten Island man died Thursday after police placed him in a chokehold as they attempted to arrest him for selling untaxed cigarettes.
According to authorities, Eric Garner, 43, went into cardiac arrest and died at Richmond University Medical Center following the arrest that was filmed by several witnesses, the New York Daily News reported.
In the video, Garner can be seen telling police that he had not been selling cigarettes, repeatedly saying, ” I didn’t sell anything,” before insisting, “I’m minding my own business, please leave me alone.”
After a standoff, five officers tackled the 400-pound Garner — with one placing him in a chokehold – and wrestled him to the ground as they attempted to put handcuffs on him.
As Garner lay on the ground, with one officer pushing his head into the pavement, he can be heard saying, “I can’t breath. I can’t breath,” over and over.
As the video ends, Garner appears to be unconscious as police clear onlookers while waiting awaiting paramedics.
According to his family, Garner, a a married father with six children and two grandchildren, suffered from asthma.
“When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time,” Garner’s wife, Esaw, told reporters.