The cops who killed Eric Garner must be prosecuted and sentenced to prison

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Good afternoon:

The police officers who placed Eric Garner, 43, in a choke hold and asphyxiated him by sitting on him and ignoring his complaints that he could not breathe should be prosecuted and sentenced to prison for killing him.

They are thugs in uniform.

Violent criminals wearing badges.

NYPD regulations forbid the use of choke holds.

I have written about the dangers of positional asphyxiation.

Choke holds have been banned by most emergency services because they can cause death two ways:

(1) Obstructing the airway and/or

(2) Carotid artery compression cutting off blood to the brain.

Given the emphasis on educating first responders regarding the dangers of positional asphyxiation and the ban on using choke holds, no police officer can credibly claim today that they did not know they were endangering Garner’s life when they placed him in a choke hold and sat on him ignoring his protests that he could not breathe.

If they did not intentionally kill him, they certainly acted with reckless disregard for his life, which is manslaughter.

He was unarmed, peaceful and none of the officers were in any physical danger. They did not have to arrest him. If they were so hot and bothered about him selling untaxed cigarettes, they could have issued him a citation.

But, no. They just had to show him how tough they were, so they killed him.

Not one of them even attempted to resuscitate him.

Unless police departments are looking forward to a future where armed civilians gun them down at will in the streets, every one of them needs to go to prison.

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34 Responses to The cops who killed Eric Garner must be prosecuted and sentenced to prison

  1. Lisa Gomez says:

    The cops did what was necessary to subdue a 350 pound man who was under arrest. The death was a casualty an definitely a tragedy. However, the police were trying to place him under arrest and he was resisting. they did what they have been trained to do when placing a person under arrest. With all the cameras around, do you really think they were doing things that they knew they shouldn’t do? The guy had high blood pressure and was hyped up refusing to comply. People do not understand what police deal with on a day to day. People do not cooperate. Bottom line, people don’t EVER side with the police. They are always the villains until you need one. I don’t know how they do the job they do.

    • I disagree. The police also must obey the law. NYPD guidelines prohibit the use of choke holds because they can kill people.

      The cops could have and should have given him a citation for selling untaxed cigarettes. Instead, they killed him and he wasn’t even resisting arrest.

      They knew better than to use a choke hold, so I have no sympathy for them.

  2. “The Gentle Giant” is at peace now – photos from the funeral

    May God Issue Judgment on everyone of those criminal officers and EMT workers for covering this up. Don’t forget the commissioners office and mayor.

  3. Marlene says:

    There are no words that I can say that would describe the disgrace I saw. The videos are self explanatory. These guys were going against NYPD no choking policy & these guys aren’t even behind bars? They are being paid by OUR tax dollars to do these kind of things, this is where my tax dollars are going? And these guys can’t even initiate CPR. I’m a healthcare provider, & basic CPR is this (& I’m pretty sure these NYPD officers are CPR trained & certified, if not they wouldn’t have the job) if a person is not responsive & not breathing, you initiate CPR ASAP, the sooner the better. Instead of inspecting his pockets, and standing around like idiots, not one person attempted CPR. I saw the video, the man was not responding to stimulation, or when spoken to. In addition I did not see in the video that Mr. Garner was breathing on his own or chest rise, HE wasn’t breathing AT ALL (He wasn’t responsive!!!!). Even if he did have a pulse (which we don’t know) the fact that he’s not responding to stimulation & not breathing is more than enough reasons to begin CPR. What made matters worse was when EMS arrived at the scene. These are the people who you would think they know what to do, you would trust that they are professionals and skilled in emergent situations such as in the case of Mr. Garner. Yet they didn’t attempt to rescue him either, they didn’t initiate CPR!!! This is obscure, unbelievable. There is an ongoing investigation, I just hope for justice. Don’t bother with whatever written report was made on that incident because the cameras & videos don’t lie, a cop trying to cover his ass in a report would lie. Regardless of Mr. Garners criminal history, there was a proper way to handle this situation, without going to the extreme. I’m highly disappointed in those NYPD officers, yet they are still out there & not in jail where they should be. Taking away their badge is not enough, criminals should get criminal charges. If I was given the option of where my tax dollars should go, I would choose EDUCATION & nothing to NYPD. Besides why give them my tax dollars if don’t feel safe around them, they may choke me as well if I question their performance. I hope for justice & fairness…if not just remember New Yorkers are watching this, the world is watching this….VOTERS & Tax Payers are watching the same exact video I watched. I saw negligence, & malfeasance!!!!

  4. rosie says:

    What a shame – a man dead and all over a few cents! I wonder how some of those police would feel if they had to stand on a street to sell a few cigarettes to make a few cents. They should be arrested and stand trial for murder.

  5. debra mcrae says:

    Amen…..i agree with you Fred 1000%….these so called officers are nothing more than killers. They are all despicable racists.

  6. Frederick Leatherman says:

    The New York Daily News is reporting today that the NYPD ban on the use of choke holds is unambiguous.

    The rule couldn’t be clearer.

    “Members of the NYPD will NOT use chokeholds,” the NYPD patrol guide clearly states. “A chokehold shall include, but is not limited to, any pressure to the throat or windpipe which may prevent or hinder breathing to reduce intakes of air.”After several people were asphyxiated while in police custody, the NYPD forbade the use of chokeholds in 1983, stating it could only be used when an officer’s life was in danger. Former Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly banned the use of chokeholds all together in 1993.

  7. Frederick Leatherman says:

    The New York Daily News also has identified NYPD Officer Justin Damico as the second officer pulled off the street.

    Officer Justin Damico, on the force four years, was also pulled off the street — but he was not forced to turn in his badge or his weapon.

  8. Frederick Leatherman says:

    The New York Daily News has identified NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo as the cop who place Eric Garner in the choke hold.

    Pantaleo, an eight-year veteran, was placed on modified duty Saturday as cops and the Staten Island district attorney investigated the case.

    Pantaleo was stripped of his gun and his shield and assigned to work desk duty. The police union immediately denounced the move as “knee-jerk” and “completely unwarranted.”

    But detectives arrived at his Staten Island home Saturday afternoon, leaving about 25 minutes later with one box and three bags taken from the residence.

    • MKX says:


      “The police union immediately denounced the move as “knee-jerk” and “completely unwarranted.”

      No what is completely unwarranted is the fact that a UNION is supposed to stand in solidarity with its proletarian brothers, not abuse them by being thugs for the capitalists.

      What we need is for some in law enforcement to take a stand for the proletarians that they swore to protect and serve.

      A problem with big cities is that the police, most often, do not reside in the community that they are supposed to protect and serve, thus leading then to take the attitude of an occupying army towards what they call scum.

      IMO, every subsection of NYC should require that police be hired from that subsection. It is common sense. A local knows his people.

  9. bronxlady1 says:

    Sticking with the case at hand, the brutality and lack of humanity in this case is beyond comprehension. It’s not about throwing stones, or being with or without sin. It is about being a human being. Badge or no badge. Have we become so inhumane that we can stand around watching a human being die right in front of our eyes on a city sidewalk, in handcuffs, for some petty s***, and think nothing of it. It’s shocking, it’s barbaric, it’s an inexcusable outrage and you are right crustyolemothman, it hurts the good guys very much. I hope the good officers take the lead in getting rid of these weaklings. And yes, regrettably, people will judge the entire force because of the actions of some. We are all diminished a little bit more because of it. This has to stop right now. Those were some of Mr. Garner’s last words. For all our sakes he was right. May he Rest In Peace.

  10. crustyolemothman says:

    As I watched this video, I was appalled at the actions of the police officers present, toward the end it showed what must have been a detective present as well. The mob action taken against this man for a crime that hardly justifies the brutality that they used shows just how much fear they have of a person larger than them. Are these members of the NYPD truly representatives of that department? Are we to judge all members of the NYPD for the actions of these few individuals? While I strongly oppose this kind of response at any time, I do wonder if we for some reason choose to paint all police officers with the same brush and why? How many of us would be willing to do the job that they perform on a daily basis? Could we do it as well or better than they do? Would our actions come under the same scrutiny as we place upon the average officer as he goes about his duties? Or do we choose to look upon and pick out those few that do not perform properly as a means of excusing our own actions? No, I’m not excusing what these few officers did, but simply pointing out that while some officers are unworthy of respect, there are substantially more that are not like that, and to blame those that are truly “public servants” for the actions of these individuals is not in our collective best interest. What was that scripture found in the Christian Bible, did it not go something like this “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”?

    • texad says:

      I feel what you are saying in your comments. No, we should not judge the many for the actions of a few. And yes, most police officers have a great passion for being public servants and protectors of the communities they serve. And no, most of us would not want to do the job they do. Unfortunately, the small minority of bad cops have brought shame on the majority of good ones. It is time-actually, way past time-for the the good cops to speak up. Just as they tell us when we see something, we should say something-they must do the same. Every one of them knows what their policies are, and when they see their fellow officers veer away from established policy they must call them out. The perception of police being ruthless, corrupt, and murderous come from the actions of probably 5%. The other 95% must be courageous and call the bad ones out so they can be punished fo their illegal actions.

      You quoted the Bible correctly in reference to judging others. It also, however, talks about all of us putting away falsehood and letting each of us [including police officers] speaking the truth with our neighbors-because we are members “one of another”.

      • a2nite says:

        What good cops? They give cover to the bad ones. It’s ok with the majority culture to oppress & kill us. It’s also ok to kill powerless white people.

        F*CK the police.

        • I’m afraid after all the appalling and unecessary deaths caused by cops across the country over the past few decades that it’s high time to paint them with the same broad brush because very, very few of the “good” cops are standing up and condemning the bad ones. The system is still protecting murdering cops as well.That puts them and the courts who let them walk in the same league, in my opinion. Eff them all.

  11. Our country is a military landmark. The other day I was watching and old episode of The Bionic Man and The Bionic Woman. Back then, some police officers were professional, walked with pride and not with gorilla uniforms and were able to balance a situation. The untamed officers now are like animals looking for prey and sadly, they found another prey. These animals (murders) will pay but not in this so-called justice system of the US. Rest in peace father, brother and working man Eric Garner justice will be dealt from the all mighty one on the men who stole your life. Vengeance is mine I will repay what so ever man soweth yet shall he also reap.

  12. lady2soothe says:

    Just a small sampling of NYPD’s long history of killing unarmed Black Men

    Nicholas Heyward Jr.

    On Sept. 27, 1994, 13-year-old Nicholas Heyward Jr. was playing cops and robbers inside the stairwell of a Brooklyn apartment building. Officer Brian George mistook the boy’s toy gun for a real gun and shot him in the stomach, killing him. Then-Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, who is now facing a range of potential charges regarding his use of public funds, declined to press charges against George.

    Amadou Diallo

    On Feb. 4, 1999, four NYPD officers in the Bronx fired 41 shots at a 22-year-old immigrant from Guinea named Amadou Diallo. The officers thought he had a gun. It turned out to be a wallet. Diallo, who was unarmed and had committed no crime, was hit by 19 bullets and died, setting off large protests across the city. The four officers involved were all white and were all acquitted of any wrongdoing.

    Malcolm Ferguson

    On March 1, 2000, just a few days after a jury acquitted the four police officers who killed Amadou Diallo, an undercover cop shot and killed 23-year-old Malcolm Ferguson at his Bronx home. The shooting took place three blocks from the site of Diallo’s death, and Ferguson had been arrested the previous week for protesting the officers’ acquittal in that case. He had seven prior arrests on his record, mainly for dealing drugs. The incident was deemed an accident, and the officer who killed Ferguson, Louis Rivera, was cleared of any wrongdoing.

    Patrick Moses Dorismond

    Patrick Moses Dorismond, a father of two, was killed by an undercover NYPD officer on March 16, 2000. According to police, Dorismond had become belligerent when the cop, who was with some of his partners, asked him where he could buy some marijuana in the neighborhood. It’s unclear who threw the first punch, but a scuffle ensued, and one of the officers, Anthony Vasquez, ultimately shot Dorismond in the chest, killing him. A friend of Dorismond’s, who was also involved in the fight, claimed the undercover officers never identified themselves as police. A grand jury declined to indict Vasquez.

    Ousmane Zongo

    On May 22, 2003, Officer Bryan Conroy, disguised as a postal worker, raided a counterfeit CD/DVD operation at the same warehouse where 43-year-old Ousmane Zongo, an immigrant from Guinea, worked repairing musical instruments. When Zongo encountered the cop, Conroy brandished his weapon and Zongo ran. The chase led to a dead end, where Conroy shot Zongo four times. NYPD officials later admitted that Zongo had nothing to do with the counterfeit operation. Conroy received no jail time. He was sentenced to five years of probation and lost his job with the NYPD.

    Tim Stansbury

    On Jan. 24, 2004, 19-year-old Tim Stansbury was shot by Officer Richard Neri on the roof of a building in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Stansbury, a McDonald’s employee who was working toward his high school diploma, died. A grand jury declined to indict Neri, who later admitted to pulling the trigger unintentionally. He was permanently stripped of his gun and given a 30-day suspension.

    Sean Bell

    In the early morning hours of his wedding day, Nov. 25, 2006, Sean Bell was celebrating his bachelor party with two friends at a Queens strip club, which a group of officers was investigating for alleged prostitution. An argument broke out outside the club between one of Bell’s friends and another man, and one of them allegedly said he had a gun. Officer Gescard Isnora (who is also black) reportedly followed Bell and his friends to Bell’s car upon hearing this, and approached the front of the car. Bell accelerated, striking Isnora. In response, Isnora and other officers fired 50 shots at Bell and two of his friends. Bell died, his friends were seriously wounded, and three of the cops went to trial for manslaughter. Each was found not guilty, and no gun was recovered from Bell’s car.

    Ramarley Graham

    NYPD Officer Richard Haste shot and killed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham in his grandmother’s bathroom in the Bronx on Feb. 2, 2012. Haste had allegedly been responding to reports over police radio that Graham had a gun, but all he had on him was a small bag of marijuana. A grand jury decided not to indict Haste for the shooting.

    Tamon Robinson

    On April 12, 2012, 27-year-old Tamon Robinson ran away from cops after he allegedly stole paving stones from a construction site. (Later, friends said he had permission to take the stones.) During the chase, cops say Robinson ran into their police car. Witnesses, however, say officers intentionally mowed down Robinson, before bouncing him off the hood of the car. Robinson died of his injuries six days later. No charges have been filed against the police involved.

    Kimani Gray

    Kimani Gray, 16, was shot and killed by two police officers in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn on March 9, 2013. The officers allege that Gray pulled a gun on them first, but eyewitnesses dispute the account that Gray was armed. Neither has been charged, and one of the officers, Sgt. Mourad Mourad, received a Cop of the Year award from the NYPD this April.

    • Good to see your fonts again.

      Thanks for the information that you provided in your comment.

      • lady2soothe says:

        You’re most welcome and thank you for always keeping your lines open!

        Another video has surfaced online of Eric Garner. Approximately the 6:00 min. mark an officer claims Eric is breathing in response to someone asking why no one has bothered to give him CPR… I couldn’t for the life on me see him take even one breath the entire time he was lying on the cement, no chest movement at all and the cops just playing it off.

        • girlp says:

          He never took a breath they could have tried CPR.

          • lady2soothe says:

            Hey girlp… Totally agree

            The video showed officers calling paramedics. The female EMT didn’t even attempt the most basic tests to establish that this man was even completely unresponsive, let alone dead via a simple sternal or foot rub, pupil dilation, check for gag reflex, resuscitation compression procedures (CPR) or if his airway was clear, give him oxygen or even bother to check his blood pressure.. What did she do? She checked his pulse, let his hand drop then told him to get on the stretcher; which he did not because He is either unconscious or already dead as he lies motionless on the ground, his hands still cuffed behind his back.

          • lady2soothe says:

            I believe Eric was already dead.

    • With these police killing so many people, I would be reluctant to call them unless I WANTED someone dead!

    • bronxlady1 says:

      Remember Michael Stewart a young graffiti artist from Brooklyn who was beaten and died while in custody in the 1970’s.

      • lady2soothe says:

        No I didn’t remember the Michael Stewart case, thank you bronxlady, I’m adding him to my list.

        Michael Stewart

        Michael Stewart , age 25 Sept. 5, 198. On the Brooklyn-bound L platform, transit cop John Kostick saw a tall, thin black man scrawl “RQS” on the wall in foot-high letters with a felt-tip marker, collared the graffiti tagger. An aspiring artist and model on his way home to Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, where he lived with his parents. He asked the cop not to call and wake them. Kostick said Stewart became “very violent” in the van. He tried to run, so he was hogtied — bound at the ankles and tethered hands-to-feet by an elastic strap. Stewart’s wails drew two dozen Parsons School of Design students to their dorm windows. “Oh my God, someone help me,” student Rebecca Reiss heard him bellow. “What did I do? What did I do?” Stewart was comatose by the time he arrived at Bellevue an hour later. He lingered in a coma until he died on Sept. 28. medical examiner, concluded after a seven-hour autopsy that Stewart was drunk and had died of a heart attack unrelated to his handling by cops. A month later, he changed his mind and said “’physical injury to the spinal cord in the upper neck”’ had caused Stewart’s death. He found swelling in Stewart’s brain, scrapes and bruises on his body (still visible two weeks after the arrest), and pinpoint bleeding in his eyes. The jury acquitted all six cops involved on all charges.

  13. dee says:

    Police won’t learn until communities all over rise up against them. Until then, they know they can get away with it. The most that will happen is they get put on desk duty, paid leave/a vacation, etc. So those cops could really care less that they just took a life over something as stupid and petty as selling untaxed cigarettes. They know the judge will back them. Saying they acted lawfully, bla bla bla. And they’ll walk.

  14. kenteoth says:

    Sending prayers and condolences to that man’s family……Praying that GOD handles this with showing where and whom the responsibility lies on and their just consequences.

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