I Cant Breathe

On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner died in Staten Island, New York, after a police officer put him in a chokehold. The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that Garner died partly as a result of the chokehold.New York City Police Department (NYPD) policy prohibits the use of chokeholds, and law enforcement personnel contend that it was a headlock and that no choking took place.

After Garner expressed to the police that he was tired of being harassed and that he was not selling cigarettes, officers moved to arrest Garner on suspicion of selling “loosies” (single cigarettes) from packs without tax stamps. When officer Daniel Pantaleo took Garner’s wrist behind his back, Garner swatted his arms away. Pantaleo then put his arm around Garner’s neck and pulled him backwards and down onto the ground. After Pantaleo removed his arm from Garner’s neck, he pushed Garner’s head into the ground while four officers moved to restrain Garner, who repeated “I can’t breathe” eleven times while lying facedown on the sidewalk. After Garner lost consciousness, officers turned him onto his side to ease his breathing. Garner remained lying on the sidewalk for seven minutes while the officers waited for an ambulance to arrive. The officers and EMTs did not perform CPR on Garner at the scene; according to a spokesman for the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York, this was because they believed that Garner was breathing and that it would be improper to perform CPR on someone who was still breathing. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital approximately one hour later.

Medical examiners concluded that Garner was killed by “compression of neck (choke hold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police” though no damage to his windpipe or neck bones was found. The medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide, indicating that his death was caused by the intentional actions of another person or persons; however, the designation of homicide by itself means neither that the death itself was intentional nor that a crime was committed


Al Sharpton organized a peaceful protest in Staten Island on the afternoon of July 19, and condemned the police’s use of the chokehold on Garner, saying that “there is no justification” for it. Peacful protest began to flood in across the world.

The official Community Music Video: I Cant Breathe Nottingham

20.12.2014 Nottingham stood in solidarity with ferguson for a peaceful flashmob in Nottingham’s Victoria centre. Around 200 people gathered and participated in the protest.



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