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Confronted by police trying to arrest him for allegedly selling illegal cigarettes, Eric Garner raised both hands in the air and, with passive defiance, told the officers not to touch him. Seconds later, a video shows the officer behind him grab the 350-pound man in a chokehold and pull him to the sidewalk, rolling him onto his stomach.
"I can't breathe! I can't breathe!" Garner said repeatedly, his cries muffled into the pavement.
There is a video that shows the Staten Island man lying on the ground motionless after the incident. An asthmatic, Garner was later declared dead at a nearby hospital. Police said he suffered a heart attack and died en route to the hospital.
In light of the death of Eric Garner's death, we will be discussing excessive police for petty crimes. Join us Wednesday night at 8 on www.blogtalkradio.com/dpradioxl
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