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Being a Woman of Height and Size I know what it is like to be treated diffrently and aggresively not just because I was a Brown woman but because I was very tall and very big. Hearing the out cry from the public in both these cases of Black, Tall, Big Men I wondered what was the fear the police felt from these men who were both unarmed? Are these cases of Racial prejudice or Size Prejudice? Was is Race or Size that played a factor in the death of these two men... Maybe it was both... another question is when it comes to Size are you next to die?
INFO: Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black teenager, was shot and killed on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, by Darren Wilson, 28, a white Ferguson police officer. Witness reports differ as to whether Brown had his hands raised, and moving toward Wilson when the final shots were fired. The shooting sparked unrest in Ferguson, as longstanding racial tensions between the majority-black Ferguson community and the majority-white city government and police
On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner, an unarmed African American man, died in the Tompkinsville neighborhood of Staten Island, New York, after Officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in a chokehold, a tactic banned by the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Garner was approached by Officer Justin Damico on suspicion of selling “loosies”, single cigarettes. Garner expressed to the police that he was tired of being harassed and was not selling cigarettes, officers moved to arrest Garner. Officer Pantaleo, applied the chokehold shown in a video recording of the event. While lying face-down on the sidewalk surrounded by officers, Garner is heard to repeat "I can't breathe". Garner was pronounced dead approximately one hour later at the hospital.
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