Eric Garner


Eric Garner (1971?-2014), an American street vendor, beloved husband and 43-year-old father of six, became yet another unarmed Black man killed by the New York City police (NYPD) on July 17th 2014. His crime: selling untaxed cigarettes.



The police have taken officers Pantaleo and Justin Damico off the street. They took Pantaleo’s badge and gun. No charges, no arrests.

The hospital
 takes it a bit more seriously: the four ambulance workers are suspended without pay.

Mayor de Blasio
 finds the Garner case “very troubling” and promises a “thorough investigation”.

The coroner has yet to report the official cause of death.

There have been at least two protests so far.

Today is his funeral.


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