Man Dies after yelling “ I Can’t Breath”

Eric Garner - Tragic Death by Police

Eric Garner’s a former resident Brooklyn borough of New York died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold. Garner, who had asthma, died last week on Staten Island. An amateur video shows a plainclothes police officer placing him in what appears be a chokehold. Garner can be heard gasping, “I can’t breathe!”. Autopsy results are pending. One officer has been stripped of his gun and badge pending an investigation. Another has been placed on desk duty. Two paramedics and two EMTs have been placed on modified duty.
The New York Police Department has vowed to retrain its officers on the use of force. The training includes sending a team of officers to Los Angeles to learn how that city’s police department modified its use-of-force protocols after several high-profile episodes of brutality. The Rev. Al Sharpton, spoke during the funeral for Eric Garner at Bethel Baptist Church in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The Rev. Al Sharpton told the crowd he was scheduled to meet Friday with the U.S. attorney’s office, and he called for a civil rights probe. He took Ramsey Orta, the man who shot the video, to the lectern and praised him for recording the arrest. “Yes, God will make a way, but God expects something of us,” he said. “When you can, in broad daylight, choke one of God’s children, he expects us to stand up and demand justice.”
The crowd included relatives of other men killed in interactions with police: Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell. Sharpton compared Garner’s death to that of Diallo, who was shot by officers who said they thought he possessed a gun but was later discovered as a wallet. The Rev Sharpton asked the crowd “What excuse could you come up with this time?” He said even if police forgot their training and used an illegal chokehold, they and medics needed to react when Garner said repeatedly, “I can’t breathe.”.