The homicide of Eric Garner by NYPD
- Source: Ramsey Orta
- Year: 2014
- Submitted by: Elana Mann
On July 17, 2014, in Staten Island, NYPD approached Eric Garner, an unarmed forty-three year old African American man and father of six. The police accused Garner of selling loose cigarettes and proceeded to arrest him. Officer Daniel Pantaleo placed Garner in a chokehold and wrestled him to the ground despite Garner repeating eleven times that he couldn’t breath. An hour later Garner was pronounced dead at a local hospital. A video of the incident was made by Ramsey Orta, a bystander and friend of Eric Garner. The death of Eric Garner, along with similar instances of police brutality, sparked nation-wide outrage and protests beginning in the fall of 2014.