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A 400-pound asthmatic Staten Island dad died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, video of the incident shows.

“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Eric Garner, 43, repeatedly screamed after at least five NYPD officers took him down in front of a Tompkinsville beauty supply store when he balked at being handcuffed.

Within moments Garner, a married father of six children with two grandchildren, stopped struggling and appeared to be unconscious as police called paramedics to the scene. An angry crowd gathered, some recording with smartphones.

The Staten Island resident was sitting in front of Bay Beauty on Bay St. and Victory Blvd. just before 5 p.m. when two plainclothes cops began questioning him about selling untaxed cigarettes, a video obtained by the Daily News shows.

Ramsey Orta, 22, shot the shocking footage.
“I didn’t do s---!” the 6-foot-4 Garner, wearing a sweaty T-shirt and khaki shorts, told the officers from the 120th Precinct when they approached him. “I was just minding my own business.

“Every time you see me you want to mess with me. I’m tired of it. It stops today!” he yelled.

'He’s the nicest guy. I can’t believe what I saw. That’s no way to do an arrest,' said Douglas, 50, about Garner. Douglas would only give his first name.
Ramsey Orta, 22, who shot the video, tried to intervene, telling the cops his friend had just broken up a fight between three men and had not been selling cigarettes.

But when backup uniformed officers arrived, the cops moved in to cuff Garner, the video shows.

“Don’t touch me, please,” he said.

When Garner refused orders to put his hands behind his back, one of the plainclothes cops, wearing a green T-shirt with a yellow No. 99 on the back, got behind him and put him in a chokehold, the footage shows.

A struggle ensued as three uniformed officers joined in on the arrest, knocking the man to the ground.

He screamed, “I can’t breathe!” six times before he went silent and paramedics were called.

“They jumped him and they were choking him. He was foaming at the mouth,” Orta told The News. “And that’s it, he was done. The cops were saying, ‘No, he’s OK, he’s OK.” He wasn’t OK.”

“They were choking him. He kept saying, ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe! Get off of me, get off of me!’ and I didn’t hear any more talking after that,” said witness Valencia Griffin, 50, of Staten Island. “He died right there.”
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/staten-island-man-dies-puts-choke-hold-article-1.1871486
 

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Fucking bastards. They obviously don't know how to do their job.

I hope they gets to jail, which obliviously will never happen.
 

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Rest in peace..
 

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I almost cried hearing the guy saying "I can't breathe" many times.

You need to be a little bit of an antisocial douchebag with inferiority complexes and dreams of power to want to be a policeman anyway.
 

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WTF is wrong with the cops in fucking America? Everyday there is some sort of story of them going on a power trip.

RIP to the guy, can't imagine what his family is going through.
 

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Liberty and justice for all........
or maybe not?
 

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The one who was choking should be put on trial. Fucking moron.
 

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Deplorable. This is what happens when we have the mindset that security should trump liberty. It's a very very dangerous thing when you give too much power to the police. My thoughts go out to this poor man's family.

The policemen who were responsible should be tried and sent to prison, but unfortunately they'll get something like "suspended without pay" for a week. Shows where justice truly lies in society.
 

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NYPD at it again

41 shots...
 

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NYPD is incredibly fucked up on many levels.

Incredibly corrupt organization.

For even worse news watch this

 

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So many social problems stateside. Everyone, from politicians, to athletes, to movies stars, to the common honky, repeats the same mantra: "we're the greatest nation on earth" but they ignore every day challenges. They beat rodney king like a wild boar but these guys don't reflect on his "can't we all just get along?" rhetoric. Hard to be critical of oneself when you're defined by a supremacist myth instead of focusing on everyday challenges.

They need deep thoughts...

(unlike my poker buddy who said "USA is the greatest" because he thought he was being clever--he pretends not to read MTF like a little weasel :lol: Here's to you S.K. :yeah:...see you next week...smarter than you :lol:)
 

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Why do I get the feeling most police in USA are just thugs who got their hands on guns and a badge allowing them to all they wish?
 

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Why do I get the feeling most police in USA are just thugs who got their hands on guns and a badge allowing them to all they wish?
coz of media and mugs like those on the vid.

you don't see the million times they are polite, or thee thousands times they'd get a criminal before he gets you.

And just as in any possible group on this planet - there is a number of assholes in it.

The moment a cop does shit like this - he isn't a cop, he's a criminal.
 
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