On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner was killed in Staten Island, New York City by New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo. The incident occurred when New York cops accused Garner of selling single cigarettes from packs without tax stamps. Garner told them he was not selling cigarettes and was tired of being harassed. It was then that Pantaleo put Garner in a choke hold and took him to the ground.

Pantaleo then pushed Garner’s face into the ground while four other cops tried restraining Garner, who was shouting, “I can’t breathe” at least eleven times while lying on the sidewalk.

When Garner lost consciousness the officers stood around watching him for seven minutes until an ambulance arrived. None of the officers or the emergency medical technicians performed CPR on Garner while they were at the scene.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital approximately one hour later.

The medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide. On December 3, 2014, Daniel Pantaleo was not indicted by a grand jury and still works as a New York City cop as of this writing.


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