VIDEO: NEW YORK MAN WHO BROKE UP STREET FIGHT CHOKED TO DEATH BY POLICE
“They jumped him and they were choking him. He was foaming at the mouth”
Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, was tackled by police and immediately placed in a choke following a brief argument outside a local beauty supply store.
Garner, who suffers from asthma, can be heard pleading for help as more officers arrive and begin piling on top of him.
“I can’t breathe!” Garner says repeatedly.
Face first on the ground, Garner begins to lose consciousness as a seperate officer can be seen pressing his face into the concrete.
“Everybody back up!” an officer suddenly screams.
Noticing Garner’s lifeless body, police step back as another officer attempts to wake him.
“There’s something wrong with him,” a woman says.
Likely realizing they just murdered an innocent man, police begin ordering people to step back from the scene.
The video’s author, 22-year-old Ramsey Orta, described the incident in detail to the New York Daily News.
“They jumped him and they were choking him. He was foaming at the mouth,” Orta said. “And that’s it, he was done. The cops were saying, ‘No, he’s OK, he’s OK.” He wasn’t OK.”
“I saw him with his eyes wide open and I said, ‘Babe, don’t leave me, I need you.’ But he was already gone,” Esaw said. “When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time.”
Esaw says police ignored her while at the hospital, refusing to answer her questions about what happened.
“They wouldn’t tell me anything,” Esaw said.
“I didn’t do s—!” the 6-foot-4 Garner, wearing a sweaty T-shirt and khaki shorts, told the officers from the 120th Precinct when they approached him. “I was just minding my own business.
“Every time you see me you want to mess with me. I’m tired of it. It stops today!” he yelled.
Ramsey Orta, 22, who shot the video, tried to intervene, telling the cops his friend had just broken up a fight between three men and had not been selling cigarettes.
But when backup uniformed officers arrived, the cops moved in to cuff Garner, the video shows.
“Don’t touch me, please,” he said.
Garner’s situation is eerily similar to that of Kelly Thomas, a mentally disabled homeless man who was beat to death by California police in 2011.
Despite Thomas’ murder being caught on film, all involved officers were acquitted.
Ctpatriot: This just doesn’t look good, I mean really? This man did not need to die. Esp not like that. We need the police, but some of them need to chill the fuck out a bit, don’t you think?
Two cops pulled off streets, Staten Island DA looking into death of dad of six after NYPD cop put him in chokehold during sidewalk takedown —
Officers Daniel Pantaleo and Justin Damico were both put on desk duty a day after the death of Eric Garner. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor de Blasio, who has postponed his Italian vacation, promised a full investigation at a City Hall news conference.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
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