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Eric Garner Murdered by NYPD (2014)

Thu Jul 17, 2014

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Image: Eric Garner and his wife, Esaw, during a family vacation in 2011 [New York Times]


On this day in 2014, Eric Garner was murdered by the NYPD, choked to death after police suspected him of selling loose cigarettes. Garner said "I can't breathe" 11 times before dying. The man who filmed his death was poisoned in prison.

Eric Garner (1970 - 2014) was a former horticulturist at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, father of six, and grandfather of three. On July 17th, 2014, was approached by Justin D'Amico, a plainclothes officer, in front of a beauty supply store in Tompkinsville, Staten Island. D'Amico suspected Garner of selling loose cigarettes.

Garner stated "Every time you see me, you want to mess with me. I'm tired of it. It stops today...I'm minding my business, officer, I'm minding my business. Please just leave me alone. I told you the last time, please just leave me alone."

After refusing to be handcuffed, 29-year old officer Daniel Pantaleo put Garner in an ultimately fatal chokehold. Despite Garner stating "I can't breathe" eleven times before losing consciousness, the several officers on scene did not come to his aid.

Ramsey Orta, a member of Copwatch, filmed the incident. Following a campaign of police harassment after the video went viral, he was arrested on weapons charges.

Before being imprisoned in Rikers, Orta claims a cop told him he'd be better off killing himself before being jailed. While in prison, Orta was poisoned by prison staff and at one point only ate food that his wife brought him. In May 2020, Orta was released from Groveland Correctional Facility.

Garner's death was protested internationally and became one of many police killings protested within the Black Lives Matter movement. Some perpetrators of violence against police have cited Garner's murder as a motive.

A grand jury elected to not indict Pantaleo on December 3rd, 2014. After the decision, Garner's widow was asked whether she accepted Pantaleo's condolences. She replied: "Hell, no! The time for remorse would have been when my husband was yelling to breathe...No, I don't accept his apology. No, I could care less about his condolences...He's still working. He's still getting a paycheck. He's still feeding his kids, when my husband is six feet under and I'm looking for a way to feed my kids now."

An NYPD disciplinary hearing regarding Pantaleo's treatment of Garner was held in the summer of 2019, and Pantaleo was fired on August 19th, more than five years after the murder took place.


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Cohen served time for lying to Congress and other crimes.

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Recent elections in France and the United Kingdom show that a coalition gathering the left, center, and center-left is how we push back the far-right this election. Past elections show this too: that we succeed together and fail when divided.

In the U.S. election of 1932 Franklin Delano Roosevelt led the New Deal Coalition including organized labor, liberals, farmers, ethnic and religious minorities, and intellectuals. [1] That majority empowered Democrats in congress and the presidency to pass progressive policies for decades afterwards including the social security programs and labor protections threatened by Project 2025 today. [2, p.581,605]

In the Weimar Republic elections, before the Nazis took power, the two largest parties KDP (German Communist Party) and SPD (Social Democratic Party) failed to work together. KPD considered SPD a greater threat than the Nazi party while SPD failed to make coalitions and keep promises. [3, p.216,219] Historians disagree on if the two parties could have worked together and if that could have stopped Hitler's rise to power [3, p.217] [4, p.227] but what we do know is that they didn't and the Nazis came for both of them once they won. 40,000 - 50,000 political opponents including SPD and KPD members were taken to concentration camps in 1933 and in the same year political parties were banned. [5]

The left and center in Weimar Germany failed to unite against fascism as a common enemy and lost, the New Deal Coalition voted together and made lasting progress, Britons united behind the Labour party and rejected Conservatives in record numbers [6], the French Republican Front pushes the far-right back again and again. [7] We can succeed when we unite against the far-right. No more infighting while so much is at stake. The way forward is Together!

Refrences:

  1. Encyclopædia Britannica. (2024, April 5). Democratic Party. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Democratic-Party#ref308572
  2. The Heritage Foundation. (2023). Project 2025's Mandate for Leadership. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/24088042-project-2025s-mandate-for-leadership-the-conservative-promise
  3. Winkler, H. A. (1990). Choosing the Lesser Evil: The German Social Democrats and the Fall of the Weimar Republic. Journal of Contemporary History, 25(2/3), 205–227. http://www.jstor.org/stable/260730
  4. Ticktin, Hillel (1992). Trotsky's political economy of capitalism. Brotherstone, Terence; Dukes, Paul,(eds). Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 978-0-7486-0317-6.
  5. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. (2019, June 18) Nazi Political Violence in 1933. Holocaust Encyclopedia. https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/introduction-to-the-holocaust.
  6. Maclellan, K., James, W., & Young, S. (2024, July 5) New PM Starmer pledges to rebuild Britain after years of chaos. https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/new-pm-starmer-pledges-action-not-words-fix-britain-2024-07-05.
  7. Leicester, J. (2024, July 8) The far right seemed to have a lock on France’s legislative elections. Here’s why it didn’t win. https://apnews.com/article/france-elections-le-pen-antisemitism-macron-5c4c8fa261b0fa2f2e35c14c072a60b4.
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https://virginiahistory.org/learn/steel-drivin-man-john-henry-untold-story-american-legend#:~:text=Folklorists%20have%20long%20thought%20John,work%20building %20the%20C%26O%20Railroad

Most Americans in the Northeast have heard the story of John Henry and how he died outcompeting the steam machine on a railroad crew.

Scott Reynolds Nelson provides critical context in his discovery of the 19 year old historical John Henry. Who was worked to death on the C&O Railroad in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War.

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Article from January 2024, but it bears reposting. Charges have been re-filed.

Katie Johnson's Testimony

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