source: Huff Post
published: 17 October 2014
Chokeholds are dangerous and prohibited by the New York City Police Department. Yet on July 17, Officer Daniel Pantaleo wrapped his arm around the neck of Eric Garner, who had resisted arrest for selling untaxed cigarettes on Staten Island. In a viral video of the encounter, Garner can be heard repeatedly screaming, “I can’t breathe!” before his body goes still.
The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, and “I can’t breathe!” became a rallying cry at a massive protest against police brutality in Tompkinsville, the neighborhood where Garner — who’d been caught on multiple occasions selling cigarettes illegally — was arrested for the last time.
Friday marks three months since the death of Garner, a 43-year-old father of six. For his family, it’s another milestone in justice that has been delayed.
“They lost their provider, the father, the husband, the son, and it’s tough,” the family’s attorney, Jonathan Moore, told The Huffington Post this week. “They’re upset.”