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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