Saturday, July 19, 2014
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.
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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