August 12, 2014
Eric Garner, 43, died last month after a swarm of police placed him in a chokehold and slammed him on the sidewalk as they attempted to arrest him for selling single cigarettes. Witnesses at the scene state Garner was breaking up a fight when police arrived. The combatants fled the scene leaving Garner alone to face the adrenaline pumped enforcers.
“When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time,” Garner’s wife, Esaw, told reporters.
Police stated Garner has been arrested multiple times for selling untaxed cigarettes, and records show he was due in court in October on three charges, including pot possession and selling untaxed cigarettes. Garner’s family stated he didn’t have any cigarettes in his possession at the time of his death.
On August 3rd, a press conference was held were Patrick Lyncresident of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association starkly defended the police and claimed the takedown on Garner was not a chokehold.