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Murder by cops?

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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.

Full Footage: Eric Garner's Final Moments

Full Footage: Cops Respond To Eric Garner's Death

About Barry Cooper

"You may have seen him on the pages of Maxim, or during one of his many appearances on CNN, Fox News and Spike TV. He’s the cop who turned against the drug war. In American pop culture right now, there’s nobody quite like him. As one of the former top drug cops working the Texas highways, he was ferocious, bringing down hundreds of people for possessing even tiny amounts of an illegal substance. In his new life as a humanitarian crusader and activist filmmaker, he’s just as ferocious. Cooper is on a mission to free America’s pot prisoners. In the terminology of war, Barry is an insurgent, lobbing bombs into the fourth estate as his form of penance for all the people he put behind bars on drug offenses.”—True/Slant Barry recently starred with Woody Harrelson, 50 Cent, Eminem and Susan Sarandon in the anti drug war documentary, “How To Make Money Selling Drugs.” His internet fame via his website has received global attention by being reported in Rolling Stones, High Times, a feature in Maxim Magazine and a front cover feature in Cannabis Culture and the Texas Observer. His story was picked as a feature on NPR’s, This American Life. He has been a guest on scores of cable news channels discussing the Drug War. He has also appeared as a drug and legal expert in five episodes of SPIKE TV’s reality show, MANSWERS.

1 Comment

  1. Stephen Harrington on August 13, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I am SO very tired of the preferential treatment afforded to LEO whenever misconduct occurs. Even when they get caught with their “hands in the cookie jar” (Like stealing drugs from the evidence locker, as happened a couple of months ago in Chattanooga) They are administratively scolded.
    ANY LEO caught in ANY sort of misconduct needs to be arrested and charged as would any citizen. None of this government paid attorney to represent the officer, make them pay for their own attorneys, be forced to make bond like the rest of us would.
    In this case, the officer who put the deceased in the “Neck Hold” ought to be charged with capital murder, and every other officer on the scene charged with aiding and abetting. Let the courts sort it out, but without preferential deference to the fact that an officer of the law stands accused.

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